preached by David P. Nolte
Someone once published a list of things not to do. Some of the items on
that list are, "Don't name
a pig you plan to eat;" "Don't sell your mule to buy a plow;" "Don't
corner something meaner than
you;" "Don't drink downstream from the herd;" and "Don't squat when
you're wearing spurs." "Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn!" And here
are some "no-no's" for those on a job interview:
Never shake the interviewer's hand with a dirty left hand; never tell
the interviewer to hurry up
because you have other things to do; never respond to a question with
"What business is that of
yours?" And never tell the interviewer he or she would be stupid not to
hire you. Many "no-no's"
are just common sense. Don't a read a novel while you are driving
(though I have seen a couple of
people doing that); don't a spit into the wind; don't a throw a brick
straight up; don't donate more
than one kidney; don't kick a porcupine when you are barefooted, and
don't put a cat on your head
- it hurts read bad. Now, in relationship to discipleship, there are
three "n-no's" too. They come
from Dick Staub of KGNW TV in Seattle. Here are three "no-no's" for
- DON'T COCOON:
- That means don't seek to separate yourself, or cloister
yourself away from contact
with the world. The disciples wanted to keep their group exclusive.
are not part of our group, so they shouldn't be doing what they're
- Some want to insulate and isolate themselves from evil
- They consider themselves too holy to be touched by society.
Speaking to the
idolaters, God reproved them for saying, "Keep to yourself, do not come
me, for I am holier than you!" Isaiah 65:5 (NASB).
- They fear that they will become defiled by society. The
Jesus for having anything to do with sinners and the ancient Jews kept
separate from gentiles for fear of contamination.
- They tried sharing their faith once and failed. They fear
further failure and
- They just don't want to be bothered with evil society. They
just don't care.
- They are afraid of persecution and harm from the secular
society which is
- Jesus said, "Go into the world preaching the gospel" - not
"hide from the world
hogging the gospel."
- A 64-year-old woman, whose body was found in her dilapidated
recently, was discovered frozen to death. She had been there for five
was forgotten all winter and spring by neighbors and family members.
described her as someone who "didn't have anything to do with anybody,
had anything to do with her." Her children had grown up and moved away,
husband had died. One of her two children lived about 10 miles from his
house and never took care of her needs. Too many, like the woman, don't
anything to do with anybody. And too many are like the neighbors and
had nothing to do with her. That's cocooning.
The first "no-no" is "don't cocoon!" But there are two more. The
- DON'T BECOME
- The disciples were antagonistic toward these others who they
thought were infringing
on their territory and they told them to "cut it out!" They wouldn't
heathens! Remember James and John? Here's their combative stance
Samaritans who rejected their message, "Lord, should we order down fire
heaven to burn them up?" Luke 9:54 (NLT).
Jesus rebuked them and nicknamed
them "Sons of Thunder!"
- When you feel like "socking it to" evil people, putting them in
their place, and
trampling them into the ground, remember:
- Nobody is browbeaten into the kingdom.
- Whenever you point an accusing finger at someone else, there
pointing back at you.
- Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the
host of spiritual
enemies all around us.
- To be as gracious to them as you want God to be to you.
- To follow the example of Jesus, Who "never sinned, and He
anyone. He did not retaliate when He was insulted. When He suffered, He
did not threaten to get even. He left His case in the hands of God, Who
always judges fairly." 1 Peter 2:22-23 (NLT).
- That Jesus said, "You have heard that the law of Moses says,
neighbor' and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for
who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of
Father in heaven. For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the
He sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too." Matthew 5:43-45 (NLT).
- We must be uncompromising on Biblical doctrine, but we need not
be offensive in
delivering it to others. We need to be tough on issues but tender on
people. We must
be inflexible in principles but reasonable with opinions. We must
remember who our
real enemy is!
- Two preachers were arguing about some point of doctrine and
were getting pretty hot. And you know, the more heat there is the less
light there is. One of the men finally said, "Well, brother, after all
we are both trying to do the
Lord's work. You in your way, and I in His."
The second "no-no" is "don't become combative." The third:
- DON'T CONFORM:
- Don't lose your saltiness. Don't become insipid.
Don't be such that you fail to
influence your surroundings. Don't be influenced by the world.
- Don't conform!
- Micah said, "Even though the nations around us
worship idols, we will follow
the LORD our God forever and ever." Micah 4:5 (NLT).
- Paul urges, "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this
world, but let God
transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." Romans
- "Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the
wicked, or stand
around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in
everything the LORD wants;" Psalms 1:1-2 (NLT).
- "Do not join a crowd that intends to do evil. When you are on
stand, do not be swayed in your testimony by the opinion of the
- Some things are made to blend in, to conform to their
surroundings and it is well and
good that they do.
- Chameleons for instance. But the Christian is not
to be a chameleon trying to
- Certain bugs which look like tree bark or branches for
another example. But
we are not insects trying to hide.
- Camouflaged vehicles are colored so as to blend in and not to
spotted. But we are not to camouflage our Christianity.
- Christians are non-conformists when it comes to being like
the godless society
- instead of conforming to it, we are to convert society.
- Some people just want to conform to whatever group
they are with. Solomon Asch
performed an experiment with groups of 12 people. They were brought
into a room
where four lines of unequal length were displayed. They had to decide
were the same length and publicly vote for their choice. Person after
person (11 in all) voted for the wrong line - because they had all been
told to ahead
of time. The one individual who was in the dark couldn't imagine how in
all these seemingly normal people could all choose the wrong line. When
it was his
turn to vote, he had to decide, "Do I go with what I know my senses are
or do I go with the crowd?" One third of those tested caved in to group
changed their vote to agree with their peers.
Dare to be different. If we heed these "no-no's:" Don't cocoon;
don't be combative; and don't
conform, then these "Yes's" will be evident. "Yes" we will reach out to
others and help them know
Jesus. "Yes" we will be kinder to those with whom we disagree. "Yes" we
will be more and more
like Jesus and less and less like the world. If you say "No!" to sin
and wrong, you should say "Yes!"
to Jesus! "Yes" I believe! "Yes" I will turn from sin! "Yes" I will
obey you by confessing you
before men and being baptized for the forgiveness of sins. And "Yes" I
will endeavor, throughout
all my days, to live a Christian life. It's no longer the world, it's
heaven that counts. It's no longer
the flesh, but the Spirit that compels me. It is no longer self, but
Jesus who rules my life. "Yes! Yes!" I will be His disciple! You can
say your own "Yes" to Jesus as you respond to the invitation
to confess Him, to obey Him, and to serve Him from this day forth. Do
that as we sing. "Make Me
Like You!" / "I Have Decided To Follow Jesus!"
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