In the world but not of it

November 5, 2010

Stubborn…

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Therefore, change your hearts and stop being stubborn. Deuteronomy 10:14

To be stubborn is to be unmoved in your opinion or view. It is to refuse to see the other side of the situation or to even accept that there might be the remote possibility you are wrong.

We can all relate to this since being stubborn is something that we didn’t have to learn. The term can also relate to perseverance and to being committed to get something done but in almost all cases where the word is used it refers to the negative side of its definition.

We see this behavior in many situations where we’ve tried to share the Gospel or to discuss the Lord with someone who is not a believer.

As an atheist walked through the forest, he smiled at the beauty that was all around him and said:

“What natural wonders the powers of evolution have created.” Just then he heard a rustling near the river. He went to investigate and a 7-foot-tall grizzly bear was tearing down the path towards him.

The man took off like a shot, and when he got up the courage to look back, he saw the bear was catching up fast. He tried with all his strength to pick up the pace, but he tripped and crashed to the ground.

As he tried to get up, the bear jumped on his chest and picked up one paw to whack him. The atheist screamed, “Oh my God!!!”

Time stopped! The bear froze. The forest was silent. Even the river stopped moving. As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice boomed from the heavens, “You deny my existence for all of these years, teach others I don’t exist, and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?”

The atheist looked directly into the light, “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps could you make the bear a Christian?”

“Very well,” the voice said.

The light went out, the river ran again, and the sounds of the forest resumed. And then the bear dropped its right paw, brought both paws together, bowed its head and spoke: “Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful.”

That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts Hebrews 3:7-8

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