A Passion for Inferior Products

Years ago, I learned a valuable lesson about tools. I was in need of a drill, and set out to make my purchase. Rather than buying a quality brand, I chose some brand with a name I had never heard of before. After all, this drill cost a fraction of those big name drills, and they were very similar in appearance.

My new purchase had a place to put a drill bit, a trigger, and a cord. What more could it need? Sitting in my toolbox, the drill looked just as good as any of the drills in the other mechanic’s toolboxes.

Then the day came when my drill was needed. It was a small job; drill a couple of holes through a firewall and move on to another job. I installed the correct bit into the drill, plugged the cord into the wall, and began to drill. While it sounded good at first, about thirty seconds into my task, sparks and smoke-filled my bay.

The drill burned up and never cut one hole. The cheap drill was useless when put to work. It looked good in a drawer, but was of no value when needed. You might say, it was just a cheap knock-off.

In the seventh chapter of his prophecy, God called Jeremiah to tell the people of Judah that their religion was like my drill. Interestingly, Jeremiah is not sent to the local pubs, prisons, or houses of prostitution.

He is sent to stand in the entrance of the Temple, to confront those arriving for weekly worship, and to tell them, “You’re wasting your time!”

Jeremiah’s message is one of chastisement, but also of promise. God will reveal some fallacies and some facts. But His instruction is repent and turn back to Him. He says Judah needs to correct their behavior, get realistic, and just learn from past mistakes. The message is, very bluntly, “If your not going to worship God with your life all week, don’t waste your time trying to worship Him when you gather once a week.”

He describes their worldly lifestyles of idolatrous behavior as unacceptable, “Will you steal from one another, involve yourselves in adulterous relationships, seek gain through dishonesty, then stand before Me with flattering lip-service?”

The House of God had become no more than a good luck charm for Judah. God describes it as a ‘den of thieves.’

Instructively, God says, “Amend your ways! Execute justice! Take care of strangers, widows, and orphans. Destroy your idols.”

Judah is told to spend a little time remembering. They are told to take a little trip down memory lane to a time when their ancestors chose to live unfaithful. They are warned, “And I will cast you out of my sight, as I cast out all your kinsmen, all the offspring of Ephraim.”

God’s love, grace, and mercy are immeasurable. He offered Judah chance after chance to return to Him and His ways. He desired (and desires) for His people to be a reflection of Him to the world, to be those who demonstrate His love, grace, and mercy. The gospel of Jesus Christ empowers believers to do just this, and yet…

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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12 Responses to A Passion for Inferior Products

  1. Joyce de vivre says:

    “If your not going to worship God with your life all week, don’t waste your time trying to worship Him when you gather once a week.” – Amen! Two thumbs up, Mike! We need to always ask God for a right heart, and a life that would please Him. 🙂

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Only the best is our reasonable service to Him who gave His all for us.

  3. With regards the drill, “You get what you pay for” usually (but not always) holds true.

    I have known, loved and served my loving heavenly Father, through the Lord Jesus, for 53 of my 75 years. In the first 22 years of my life, I knew the “cheap and nasty; the worthless” but since the Lord completely changed my life, He has been Everything to me. Over and over again, He has proven Himself to be totally reliable and totally true to His Word. I delight in the REALITY of His presence and His dependability.

    His love, grace and mercy are indeed immeasurable!
    There is no doubt that He deserves (and demands) a 100% commitment from us.
    Without Him we are nothing . . . and yet . . . all too often we choose to go our own way, doing our own thing, pleasing ourselves. What a shame!

    But what a grace-filled God!

  4. writinggomer says:

    Great post with a good analogy!

  5. granbee says:

    So many Christians in the Southern U.S.,the Bible Belt, use church as a good luck charm. No wonder the recovering addicts, the homeless, the ultra-rich, the ex-jailbirds, the tatooed,nose-ringed folk image they see a big red circle with diagonal drawm through it on the front doors of all the churches around and about! We must fall on our knees and plead with God to lead us back into real churches. They should not be for the “nice” folk, but for all spiritual seekers and sinners.

  6. isaiah43123 says:

    He desires to saturate our very being, to be our life, not just a part of it; and yet…

  7. Steven Sawyer says:

    Wonderful message, Mike. I love the Old Testament, and Jeremiah, and his courage and wisdom. Thanks for bringing this message. It reminds me that we’re supposed to be 7-day followers, not one day Christians.

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