15 Jun Breaking the Television
I shared on Sunday that while I was preparing for our first message in our series “Come As You Are,” a new detail from Gideon’s story jumped out at me. When God calls Gideon to deliver Israel from the Midianites, Gideon tries to talk God out of it. Of course, God knows that Gideon is the one for the job, and God persists in convincing Gideon. What I had never read before was Gideon’s shame about his family. I always thought his family was small in number, but there is more to that story.
Gideon was ashamed of his family, but it was not because they were small in number or young in age. His family didn’t go to church. Gideon’s family worshipped the two most popular false gods of the day: Baal and Asherah. Gideon had been to Bible school enough to know the one, true God when he encountered him, but he also knew there was a difference between sitting in church and worshipping God. As my Cajun sister-in-law says, “Just because I am in the driveway, it doesn’t make me a car.” Knowing of the one, true God is different than knowing God.
The first task God gives Gideon, after he realizes God is real and is calling him, is to set things right in his own household. In Judges 6:25, God tells Gideon it’s time to set things right and get his family back on track by tearing down their idol worship. Gideon did it not with a bold move in broad daylight. No, he did it at night while everyone was sleeping. He hitched up two bulls and tore the altar to Baal down, then he cut the Asherah pole down, and Gideon finished showing his obedience by building an altar to God and sacrificing one of the bulls on it. What time of day he did it did not matter at all, because he did what God asked.
One of the best parts about serving a God as dynamic as our God is that we get to improvise. We are allowed to use our intellect, our hustle, and our grit to get things done. We get to choose how to get done what God has for us to get done.
Where is God calling you to serve? What does God need for you—and you alone—to get done? What idols are God calling you to tear down? I am not saying it is going to be easy. Imagine a child destroying the parent’s television while they slept. There would be much to account for in the morning, but it would be worth it. Doing what God directs us to do makes a difference, and God would not have called you and me if He did not need us. Together we can change the world…one commitment at a time.
Blessings to you,