The Hammer Doctrine – Pt. 2 – March 13th, 2014

Beloved
 
This morning, let us finish off what we started. “Jesus stopped in the road and called, ‘What do you want me to do for you?'” (Matthew 20:32).
 
The story is told of an old man seated in the doctor’s waiting room.  When called in to see the doctor, he slowly got up and, grasping his cane and hunching over, slowly made his way into the examining room. After only a few minutes, the man emerged from the room, walking completely upright! A patient who had watched him hobble into the room all hunched over, stared in amazement.
 
“That must be a miracle doctor in there!” he exclaimed. “What treatment did he give you? What’s his secret?”
 
The old man looked at him and said, “Well, the doctor looked me up and down, analyzed the situation, and gave me a cane that was four inches longer than the one I had been using.”
 
Come on now, don’t we often do the same, giving others the same length cane? That is, paint others with the same brush or give them the same answer for every problem? Then there are those people who see every problem as a nail and so there is only one cure: a hammer! Let me bring this illustration into the church realm.
 
For example, some people blame every problem on a demon. Others’ answer to every problem is to take it to the cross or give it to Jesus. While, at times, there may be an element of truth in the above answers, in reality life isn’t that simple, neither are our problems. Causes of problems can be complex and multiple and there is no “one answer fits all.” I’m not saying this. Jesus is, in John 9 when they saw a man who was blind from birth and His disciples asked him “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” This is what verse 3 says: Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. Please, be very, very careful of many of the teachings out there today.
 
And what about pat answers? Quick, evasive answers are rarely correct, if ever. They are just conduits for avoiding one’s own or another’s reality. Not only that, they can do more harm than good to one who is trust-prone. Jesus never had a pat answer for anybody; never ever. And He never had the same answer for any two people. His basic question, either spoken or unspoken, always was, “What do you want me to do for you?” In other words, like the Master Physician He was, He always understood a person’s specific need, and prescribed the perfect answer to minister to and meet that need. Shouldn’t we be like Jesus? May God help us to do the same.
 
Today as the weekend approaches, Jesus is asking you, “What do you want me to do for you?” Be careful how you answer. The best answer I know is “Lord, not my will but Yours be done in my situation.” 
 
Proposed prayer: “Dear Father, today, I recognized that Your will has to be done in my situation. With respect to my neighbours, please give me an understanding heart and a sensitive spirit so that I will always understand their real needs and with the power of the Holy Spirit, meet them at their point of need, and never toss out scripted, planned, memorized, or canned answers. I pray and thank You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
 
1 Scott J. Shickler, Words of Wisdom, Kidsway Inc. Cited in Bits & Pieces.
 
Have a blessed weekend.
On Friday, May 23, 2008 8:09:32 AM, Anico <andrew_aryee@yahoo.ca> wrote:
Beloved
 
This morning, let us finish off what we started yesterday. “Jesus stopped in the road and called, ‘What do you want me to do for you?'” (Matthew 20:32).
 
The story is told of an old man seated in the doctor’s waiting room.  When called in to see the doctor, he slowly got up and, grasping his cane and hunching over, slowly made his way into the examining room. After only a few minutes, the man emerged from the room, walking completely upright! A patient who had watched him hobble into the room all hunched over, stared in amazement.
 
“That must be a miracle doctor in there!” he exclaimed. “What treatment did he give you? What’s his secret?”
 
The old man looked at him and said, “Well, the doctor looked me up and down, analyzed the situation, and gave me a cane that was four inches longer than the one I had been using.” 1
 
Come on now, don’t we often do the same, giving others the same length cane? That is, paint others with the same brush or give them the same answer for every problem? Then there are those people who see every problem as a nail and so there is only one cure: a hammer! Let me bring this illustration into the church realm.
 
For example, some people blame every problem on a demon. Others’ answer to every problem is to take it to the cross or give it to Jesus. While, at times, there may be an element of truth in the above answers, in reality life isn’t that simple, neither are our problems. Causes of problems can be complex and multiple and there is no “one answer fits all.” I’m not saying this. Jesus is, in John 9 when they saw a man who was blind from birth and His disciples asked him “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” This is whatverse 3 says: Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. Please, be very, very careful of many of the teachings out there today.
 
And what about pat answers? Quick, evasive answers are rarely correct, if ever. They are just conduits for avoiding one’s own or another’s reality. Not only that, they can do more harm than good to one who is trust-prone. Jesus never had a pat answer for anybody; never ever. And He never had the same answer for any two people. His basic question, either spoken or unspoken, always was, “What do you want me to do for you?” In other words, like the Master Physician He was, He always understood a person’s specific need, and prescribed the perfect answer to minister to and meet that need. Shouldn’t we be like Jesus? May God help us to do the same.
 
Today as the weekend approaches, Jesus is asking you, “What do you want me to do for you?” Be careful how you answer. The best answer I know is “Lord, not my will but Yours be done in my situation.” 
 
Proposed prayer: “Dear Father, today, I recognized that Your will has to be done in my situation. With respect to my neighbours, please give me an understanding heart and a sensitive spirit so that I will always understand their real needs and with the power of the Holy Spirit, meet them at their point of need, and never toss out scripted, planned, memorized, or canned answers. I pray and thank You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
 
1 Scott J. Shickler, Words of Wisdom, Kidsway Inc. Cited in Bits & Pieces.
 
Have a blessed weekend.

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