As I was driving home the other day, the Home Depot jingle came on the radio, “You can do it; we can help”! I thought, This reminds me of “Home Depot Discipleship”!
Isn’t that how many Christians live? They go to their “Home Depot” store (church) on Sunday morning and get the instruction’s of “how they can do it”! “Just follow this principle. Just give this amount. Just pray at this time. Just read this amount, and THEN you will be blessed! Oh, by the way, if you get in trouble then He can help!”
By the way, I often wonder what kind of construction is done by those who go to these clinics at Home Depot. Do they ever get the project done? Or do they give up when they realize–even with expert instructions–they cannot drive a solid nail, they cannot saw a straight edge, they cannot lay a level brick. It would be so much better if they could bring the expert home with them and somehow let him work through their hands…
Home Depot Discipleship? High hopes but very few projects completed. However, as my friend pointed out to me, some do get the “house” built, albeit built on shifting sand and over the years it begins to need much repair. They may pray, “It all looked so good on paper or in the ‘store’ Sunday, but Lord, I have a mess here on my hands this Monday. Can you help?”
God might answer, “No, I can’t HELP you but I will TAKE OVER if you will just trust me to take care of this project for you, and let me work through you”! [Gal. 2:20; Phil. 4:13]
Christ declared, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing … By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:5,8, NKJV).
So how can you “do it”? How can you lead a fulfilling Christian life? You can admit: “I can’t!” (He never said you could). God can! (He always said He would.)
Butch Morrison serves as pastor of Midway Community Church in Anderson, SC. firstname.lastname@example.org
edited by JBW
Since The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement retailer and second largest retailer in the United States, we trust they can take some good-natured ribbing 🙂