1 Timothy 3:16
Flow charts are probably very useful if they are done correctly, but I stumbled onto a collection of interesting ones on the website mentalfloss.com. Take, for example, the valuable chart that helps young people decide if they should “friend” their parents on Face Book (another of my favorite topics). The questions include things like “Do you live at home?” and if so, “Do you talk to your parents?” Another valuable diagram asks the important question, “Should I Work For Free?” Points to help you decide begin with “Is it for your mom?” and “Is the business ‘non-profit’ or just not making a profit?” How To Write Song Lyrics begins with the words “na na na” repeated about fifty times. I think the idea is that, if you can’t think of any lyrics, you probably should stop trying to write songs. And my favorite: Are You Happy? suggests that if you are, “keep doing what you’re doing,” and if you’re not, “change something.”
Well, that’s a revelation! And probably good material for struggling evangelists and mental health counselors. God doesn’t need flow charts since He made everything and knows how it all works (even us!). But He does pose some thought-provoking questions in the Bible. “What do you think about the Messiah?” is a question posed by Jesus in Matthew 22:42. “Whose Son is He?” The Pharisees answered, “The son of David.” But Jesus pointed out that David called Him “Lord,” which he would not have done if the Messiah was his offspring. Thus ended that flow chart; the Pharisees had nothing more to say. Early on, Jesus admonished his followers not to judge others: “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” All the hypocrites in the crowd were quickly put to shame (Matthew 7:3). And John 5:6 reveals that He asked a man crippled for life, “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus wasn’t playing games; He wanted to know if the man’s faith in Him was sincere. How each of us answers the questions Jesus asks will determine the flow of our lives and the way we chart our course.
Holy God, challenge me to follow You and only You. Amen