WMH Truck Stop Ministry Chapel

                                                     SNEAKER 5-19-2018 BROken

The word “sneaker” took on a whole new meaning when the “sneaker” tennis shoe came on the scene. Today a good pair of “sneakers” are very valuable. Back in the old days when we heard about “sneakers” they were usually caught and thrown in jail.

My uncle and I were escorted out of a drive-in-theater because we were “sneakers”. We had devised a way to see the movie without paying. We crawled over the protective fence and “sneaked” in. When we were young, broke, daring, and foolish we done a lot of things that we should not have done. Please, let this in no way reflect on my parental rearing. We did not attend church regularly but I was taught to obey the rules and stay out of trouble.

I heard a black Minister tell about “sneaking” into a different church and setting on the very back row. He was trying not to be noticed and he said, and I quote, “I was trying to be incognito”. Then he added some black humor playing on words he said, “I was trying to be “incog-negro”.

When we read John’s Biblical report in chapter 3 and verse one we discover a V.I.P. “sneaking” around to visit Jesus. His name was Nicodemus. Scripture reveals he came to visit Jesus under the cover of darkness in the night. This encounter gave us the very best scripture verse in the bible; John 3:16. Not to discount Jesus’ warning statement in John 3:3; “We must be born again”.

We read about “spiritual sneakers” in John 10:1. “He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way is a thief and a robber”. Jesus makes that statement a little plainer in Matthew 14:6 when He said, “I am the way the truth and the light. Jesus is saying I am the way of salvation and we can’t “sneak” our way into Heaven

Nicodemus was a cowardly church “sneaker” and Satan is a destructive demonic “sneaker”. Satan will “sneak” upon you when you are not expecting him. Satan comes at a time when everything is going well and wonderful. The dark storm clouds arrive and destructive storms come so quickly even on a beautiful day surprising everyone.

Now let us read about the ones God likes and loves but calls them “seekers” not “sneakers”. In Luke 19:10 we find comfort in learning Jesus was a “seeker”. It reads that Jesus came to “seek” and to save. We read about Zacchaeus in those same verses and he was also a seeker and not a “sneaker”.

Pray; Father God, I ask you to forgive my sins. I now invite Jesus into my heart to be my Lord and Savior. Lord, help me be a “spiritual seeker” and not a “demonic sneaker”. If you prayed this prayer and believe Jesus is Lord we want to congratulate you for becoming a family member. Keep us in prayer. Chaplains Ken and Sarah Richards