(Photo: Spreading the Gospel, along with Swine Flu)
The time I dread most at church is right after the song where you’re already standing up and before you sit down, the worship leader says you have to greet the people around you.
Which would be fine… if the people around you weren’t coughing for half of “How Great Thou Art”, and all of “Jesus I Love Thee,” …into their hands.
If it wasn’t bad enough being forced to talk to old people, now I’m being forced to contract contagions in the name of fellowship.
So I have a dilemma… do I be unfriendly and shake as few hands as possible by employing the “don’t look ‘em in the eye and pretend you’re reading the bulletin as you sit down method”, or do you chance getting sick?
You would think that it might be a bit of a sin to be unfriendly like that, but you know what else would be a sin? Not doing ministry. Which is exactly what would happen if I got sick.
How am I supposed to minister to people if I’m sick?
So to solve this predicament, I need to turn to God and seek wisdom.
James 1: 5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Wisdom is “knowledge righteously applied”. It’s knowing the right who, what, where, when and how of any situation.
And for it to be Godly wisdom, it needs to be based in scripture, not in any so called wisdom we make up for ourselves.
And in case if you were wondering what wisdom I came up with to solve my situation, I came up with a brilliant solution…
…Arrive fifteen minutes late to every service.