I was on the internet, and as I was typing the “google suggestions” appeared. As I’m easily distracted I clicked on one, and found myself reading about the science of Palm reading. First they read your dominant hand, the one that you use the most. This is considered your conscious mind. Your other hand (subconscious mind) can be read to give insight into your past, family traits, even past lives depending on the palmists beliefs. Typically the heart line is examined first, and represents love and attraction and how we live out our lives on an emotional level, high strung, calm, easily falls in love. The next line is the head line, and is viewed to represent a person’s mind, and how one learns, retains information. The third major line is the life line, this isn’t believed to tell how long a person will live for, more the quality of life they will live.
That’s a brief outline of Palmistry, as there are conflicting opinions within that belief system, not dissimilar to Christianity, and believing in the oneness of God vs. the Trinity. What also struck me about it was my own thought process, and how I was mocking those who believed in such things. The scientific community has dismissed palmistry, it’s been banned by the Catholic Church, and was considered one of the seven “forbidden arts.” Again there was a similarity to Christianity in its infancy, our current time and undoubtedly in the years to come. I understand the appeal of wanting to believe in palmistry. There’s an immediacy to it, and requires no effort on your part aside from paying the cost of having your hand held. This fast and easy reassurance has been around since B.C, the longevity of it is impressive, and revealing as to who we are as humans. Our perpetual impatience, and steadfast pride certainly does keep the business of the enemy flourishing.
From the Old to the New Testament people quickly became dissatisfied with their lot. Waiting for Moses they began to make a golden calf. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul laments their following of the false teachers, and turning to the ways of the flesh. I consider how that is reflected in many of our churches. How the word is watered down in order to not offend, and the health of the member’s wallets is considered to be more vital than their spiritual health. What we struggle to remember is that we are the body of the church and not the head regardless of our respective position in our churches. For if we have nothing but prophets in order to fill the seats, while we might be spiritually filled it will be hard to keep that focus as our bellies will be growling for our attention. Our hunger will grow to such a degree that we will search out a newer manna. The same applies if we have nothing but helpers and teachers, our bellies and minds might be full, but our spiritual immaturity won’t allow for true growth.
We aren’t to reflect the natural world in order to build up His church. We should be reflecting God’s church in our actions, our words and our relationships with one another. We should be set apart, a peculiar people, a first fruit. For we aren’t selling the next new thing. We are reflecting God’s hand at work in our lives. In order to do that we have to know God intimately, and not just on a Sunday.
While the problems of the church can seem insurmountable the solution is as it always is, God. I turn to the word, and see His hand at work. I see that Moses was given Aaron, and a rod. Jeremiah required a touch on his lip. Paul had a thorn, and David had his past. All given by God’s hand to build His church. I see how much God loves all His people uniquely, and yet the same. I don’t need a palm reader to tell me I struggle expressing myself verbally. I turn to God, and His hand to show me the whys of this struggle. I use this ability to write that He supplied me with to strengthen my faith, and to encourage others to do the same. I’m thankful because He feeds me continuously, and the least I can do is know the hand that feeds me.
No decries. No decrees. No desires granted. No dreams fulfilled.
We need to repent because Christ died, while we were sinners. He took our punishment, our death, our sins. He took that on Him. God put our sin on His Son so that we may know Him, “the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
And now, we must repent, have a change in our mind, if you will, and put on Christ. We must put on Christ not because He is going to fix our relationships, take care of our depression, stand for black lives, give us a great business idea, make it alright between our co-workers and managers, heal that hip or shoulder that has nagged us for years, or have someone pay for our groceries in a time when we really need that $72.88 for something else.
We need to repent and put on Christ, have the mind of Christ so that we may know Him, ” the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent,” as it is written in John 17.
For far too long, we have lived off that magic prayer at some youth meeting or holiday service and believed that if we do good here and there, we were saved.
Like the lepers, we were slowly dying without ever knowing it and thought that our separation was because only God understood us but in truth, God separated us so that we would never infect others of our unrepentant sins. “You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5).
It is time to put first things first. Make the main things the plain things and the plain things the main things. We need to learn of God’s ways and follow Christ. Put away our dreams, our visions, our plans, our clocks, our calendars, our life coach’s strategies and “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things [food, water, clothes, i.e. the basics to live] will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).