Application versus Awe

A teenager recently said, “Why do we have the book of Leviticus? It’s just a bunch of rules. It doesn’t have anything to do with us?” She was right. It is a bunch of rules. And in some sense, it has nothing to do with us. Slicing and dicing animals as a sacrifice is foreign to us—unless you have a weird neighbor who does it. In that case, I strongly suggest you move as soon as possible. The “application,” as we call it on Sundays, in devotionals, and Bible studies, of the book is hard to find. Preachers make it a point to give us “take aways” from every sermon so we walk away able to sum up his message. In the writing circles we call it a “felt need.” Why should a reader pick up your book? Why should a reader read your blog or article? It’s the “What’s in it for me?” question. It’s not a bad question. It’s normal. I ask it when I weigh different choices throughout the day. We all do. My brother likely asked the same question when I asked him to help me move about two years ago. He lived about an hour away, but he just sat around my parent’s house all day. At the time he was twenty-four, struggling through college, and spiritually dead. What was in it for him to drive two hours round trip, to help his brother for a few hours? Nothing. So he said, “Sorry man, I’ve got stuff to do.” When we see Scripture that seems miles away from relevancy, we might have the same attitude....

When You Harvest…

I know it’s one of the hardest books to plod through but as we moved around the farmer’s market the other day, I couldn’t help but remember the command I knew I read somewhere. Sure enough, it was in Leviticus. Leviticus 19:9. Then it stirred in my spirit. What if we, in our moderness, didn’t “harvest right up to the edges of our fields?” What if we didn’t have to have it ALL, or KEEP it all to ourselves? What if we left some on the edges?  You know, extra money each month, aside from tithes for the soul purpose of  ‘giving away.’ You know the little extra that we tend to hoard or splurge with. The few dollars we find in the bottom of our purse. What if rather than seeing it as a BONUS to US we saw it as part of the harvest that we didn’t go back and pick up. Rather than a selfish indulgence, we left it in some way for the poor or foreigner in our lives? What if we didn’t harvest to the edge? Sure it may mean some of those little “treats” get left behind, left behind for someone else… hmmmm…just thinking outloud. It seems that the ancient book makes very modern application if we’re willing to look close enough. Is there any area where you could “leave a little on the edge of your field?” I know there is in mine.     Welcome to WFW! There are very few rules, in fact the beauty of this ministry is the creative expression that God reveals Himself thorough. We marvel at...