“What and How”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.

David had a good idea.  A really good idea.  He wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant into his new capital city of Jerusalem. The Ark was meant to be a visual picture of God’s throne.  It was a symbol of God’s presence.  And as David said at the time, “for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul” (1Chron. 13:3).  So they loaded the ark on an oxcart and started the trip up the hill to Jerusalem.  Along the way an ox stumbled, the cart tottered, a priest reached out to steady the Ark, and a catastrophe ensued. The priest died.  David wondered if his idea wasn’t so good after all.  The procession stopped and the Ark was parked at a nearby house.  A few months later, someone had the brilliant idea to see if God’s Word had anything to say about moving the Ark, and sure enough it did.  They found out that moving the Ark like a Philistine Moving Company (by oxcart) wasn’t how God wanted His throne handled.  God wanted His throne carried by people. 

And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders, by its poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord. (1 Chronicles 15:15)

Now I know that sometimes we overthink things, and are so concerned about details that we miss the bigger picture in life.  But beloved, there are some things where God really cares about “how” we do things.  Our “what” may be right, but our “how” might be a little off.

Sharing the gospel is one of those things.  God loves it when His gospel is carried on our shoulders.  He cares that we give a personal touch when we share.  He wants people to see Jesus in us.

I may have the “what” correct in the priorities of my life.  Just remember that God may be concerned in “how” you do things as well.