I had the opportunity this past week to serve at Shelby Mission Camp once again. I always enjoy going to Shelby Mission Camp. David and Janet Brown who operate Shelby Mission Camp are great hosts! We were only able to stay one night this trip, but God blessed with a great day of serving as we went out to work on reparing a room at a ladies’ home that was damaged from a major roof leak. Another group before us had already re-roofed the house. Our job was to tear out the old ceiling and insulation, and install new sheetrock ceiling and insulation. As you can imagine tearing out the old ceiling and insulation created quit a mess. Old moldy, mildewed sheetrock, insulation, and alot of DUST lay around us. A big pile of rubble surrounded us! As we began, to carry out and sweep out all of that rubble, a song from my teenage years came to mind. Old Man’s Rubble was wrote and sung by Amy Grant, and also sung by The Imperials. The song lyrics asks “Are you living in an old man’s rubble; Are you listenin’ to the father of lies; Are you walking’ with unnecessary burdens; Are you trying to take them upon yourself; If you are then you’re living in bondage; And you know that’s bad for your spiritual health; And are you trying to live by your emotions; Are you puttin’ your faith in what you feel and see; Then you’re living just to satisfy your passions; And you better be careful, ’cause you’re being deceived; Are you living in an old man’s rubble; Are you listenin’ to the father of lies; If you are then you’re headed for trouble; If you listen too long, you’ll eventually die.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. As the song lyrics continue they proclaim the wonderful truth of 2 Corinthians 5:17 “If you’re living as a new creation; If you’re listening to the Father of light; Then you’re living in a mighty fortress; And you’re gonna’ be clothed in power and might.
It’s my prayer today that you are living as a new creation- that you are listening to the Father of Light, and not living in an old man’s rubble full of dispair, lies and bondage! If you are, come to Jesus today! He stands ready to rescue you from an old man’s rubble!