An Encouraging Word

'Don't Make Me Come Down There'

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For weeks I drove by this church’s marque. At first reading the sign, I smiled.

 

Everyday as I drove pass the message, however, I began to think more and more about its meaning… or maybe it’s misleading.

 

The sign read: “Don’t make me come down there.” - God

 

Now, when I say misleading, I don’t think the church was purposely trying to send the wrong message. They were making a joke - a play on parenthood. You know how it is, either you’ve been the one on the receiving end of this threat; or you’re the desperate parent pulling out the big threat.

 

Using this statement to portray the parenting techniques of our Heavenly Father, though, really brings a whole new meaning to the sentiment. Take a moment to think about the meaning of this statement, especially from a secular world point of view. This statement makes God, our loving heavenly Father, sound anything but that.

 

He’s portrayed here as full of frustration and tiredness to the point that He is fed up. He has to come down. He has to get out the measuring stick and bust the bottoms of us sinners.

 

Now, God certainly doesn’t approve of our sin and He doesn’t just let it slide by. But, He doesn’t lose patience. He’s not tired. He’s not fed up – He’s not done with us.

 

In fact, God came down to earth as Jesus, years ago. We didn’t make Him. He certainly didn’t do it in anger or as a last resort. Instead, He did it as an act of great love, to fulfill a beautiful plan to save humanity.

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 NKJ

 

Those with a secular world view don’t realize this. Certainly we as Christians do know that a statement such as: “Don’t make me come down there” is the furthest thing from our Lord’s mouth. It’s the furthest thought from His mind and it’s the furthest sentiment from His heart. It’s good to remind ourselves of this though and it’s imperative we tell and show others God’s true intentions toward humanity.

 

Melissa Reinert

Communications Coordinator

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