Dirt Dauber

Growing up I use to help my dad around the house with repairs or with working on the car.  He would show me how to use the electric saw or a hammer.   While he was trying to teach me how to do something I would always say “I know”.  He would respond by repeating me over and over again;  “I know, I know, I know”.  This was followed by, “you sound like the dirt dauber making his nest who sealed his self in.”  If you didn’t know, a dirt dauber is a wasp that makes its nest out of mud or dirt.  I guess my old man must have heard some old country story about one who was building its nest.  While building the nest it was told to be careful not to wall yourself inside, and the wasp replied, “I know I know I know”.

In my previous post, “Break Bread” I recalled when I replied like the dirt dauber when it came to the gospel.  Sometimes we act that way about Christ.  We are quick to say “I know” about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection as if we understand all of it.  We respond so quickly and defensively when people try to remind us of salvation.   I have learned that the gospel in a nut shell is Christ crucified.   That salvation is given to all who believe in and on Christ as well as His work on the cross.  But what we understand about it will build us up, the deeper we go.  We gladly take salvation and the trip to heaven just as long as God doesn’t expect us to do anything for Him.

1 Corinthians 15:1-5

1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve.

The apostles frequently reminded the Christian Churches about the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ.  It was done so that they would not fall prey to false teachings, to build their faith, and to grow.  It is really hard to grow in love for Christ without hearing the word, studying the word and renewing our minds by the word.  That word was made flesh in Christ Jesus (John 1:14).  That word in the flesh then lived a righteous life and died for all sin under the wrath of God on the cross.

Romans 10:16-17

16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”[a] 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

One of the greatest things about the gospel is that it was planned in mercy, acted out in love and delivered to us with grace.  To believe in the gospel we have to be called to repentance, turn to God, receive the gift of faith in order to believe on Christ for our gift of salvation.  All of this gives liberty to the Christian and understanding this we can experience the full weight of the grace of God.   We miss the blessings by always saying we already know.  Now I never get tried of hearing how I was saved.  The grace of the Father never gets old, how can it?  If you ever get tried of the word of God, if you ever think to yourself that you need a break from hearing about Him can you say you really love God?  Because if we really “know” we should know that we are saved from an eternity of His wrath in hell.  When we are in His presence for all eternity, this short life here will seem like an instant.

2 Peter 1:12-17

12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.  16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came

Yet so many doubt and question, all claim to already know.  They wall themselves up in their own world.  The Gospel is about God’s love and some have changed the gospel to be all about us.  If what I’m saying you just don’t agree with then pray about it sincerely (1 John 4:1-10).  Always ask yourself, “how is God getting the glory?”  It took a long time for me to get real and honest with myself.  I pray that whoever reads this that it doesn’t take to long.

God Bless

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5 Responses to “Dirt Dauber”
  1. Joseph says:

    “We respond so quickly and defensively when people try to remind us of salvation.” – That’s the flesh.. It’s called pride.. Or as I heard it recently, spiritual pride.

    I have/had it too. The Lord recently knocked me off of my high horse and woke me up. Praise God.

    Any time a Christian has a problem hearing the Word of God, it is of the flesh, self, pride..

    Thanks for sharing brother. Keep on keepin’ on. Love you.

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    • anointedplace says:

      I have spent so much time being prideful. God has broken me of it and He continues to work on me. Its time we be honest with the LORD’s dealings with us. I say what I say never out of judgement but because I’m talkin bout the old me. It hurt when my boasting in Christ is taken the wrong way. I just don’t want others to be broken by God like I was. It hurt! But thank God for it!

      My brother may God be with you…

      remember true christianity doesnt come with a sale pitch. true christianity makes little of us and much of God. John 7:18

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