Monkeys Grabbing Nuts

Luke 21:5-19

“As for these things that you see, the day will come when not one of these stones will be left upon one another; all will be thrown down.”

Why is it that many Christians do not listen to Jesus? I am not speaking specifically about what Jesus tells us to do or not to do to be faithful to Him; I am speaking about the life lessons he gives us and how they apply to the church.

In this passage from Luke Jesus is speaking of His death and resurrection, but he is also telling us about the transient nature of the material world. All things have a beginning and an end. Everything dies. This includes church buildings and congregations. When they either outlive their purpose or for lack of desire not longer will fulfill their purpose (The Great Commission and Greatest Commandment) they will cease to exist. Yet, people will put the greatest amount of effort into keeping “the living dead” alive. Why? The reasons are varied but they usually are some variation of fear, self-centeredness and the big one LACK OF FAITH.

This reminds me of a story I heard about a monkey, a box and a nut. Whether this story is factual is not important because it is true. It goes like this: a person made a box with a hole just big enough for a monkey to slip its hand in the box. Into this box the person placed a nut. The monkey reached in to get the nut, but grasping the nut the monkey was no longer able to pull his hand through the hole and was trapped. Yet, the monkey would not let go of the nut and so he was caught.

So I ask you, the Christian out there, the congregation out there: what nut are you holding onto that has you trapped and why will you not let it go? Are you no smarter or faithful than a monkey?

By the power of your Holy Spirit, O God, we ask that you would help us to let go of the things that keep us from doing your will. Help us to release these things from our grip so we might serve you in proclaiming the Gospel and in serving our neighbor. In Jesus name we pray. AMEN.