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Get Your Whack Back

I've always wondered what "whack" is. People say things like "It's all out of whack" or "Things are out of whack" or "He/she is all out of whack." A number of years ago Judith Power related the following in an issue of Reader's Digest. She said, "A sign on the elevator door in the building where I work stated, `This elevator is out of whack.' Later someone had penciled in, 'More whack in on order.' "

Jesus had plenty of whack. At twelve years old, He insisted, "I must be about My Father's business" (Luke 2:49). Twenty-one years later, the night before He died on the cross, He could truthfully say to the Father as He prayed, "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do" (John 17:4). Hours later, as He neared death on the cross, the very last thing Jesus uttered was the victorious cry, "It is finished" (John 17:4)! From the manger where He was born to the cross where He died, Jesus lived life all-out for the glory of God. Jesus was never even once out of whack. The early church had plenty of whack. The book of Acts reveals a church filled with evangelistic whack. Unlike the "come, sit, listen" mentality that grips the modern church, their evangelistic fervor is summed up in the words of Acts 5:20 — "Go, stand, and speak." So great was their whack that they went everywhere preaching the word and were accused of turning the world upside down with the gospel (8:4; 17:6)!

Today, many Christians and congregations seem to be out of whack. Spiritual whack, that is. Oh, there's a lot of whack around — athletic whack that takes us to the game, (sometimes at great expense of of time, money, energy, etc.); political whack that keeps us all worked up to a frenzy and buzzing with excitement and talking to our friends, family, co-workers, etc.; job-related whack that makes us put work ahead of everything and everybody else. Hours of whack for TV viewing or reading our favorite novel or newspaper or magazine, but barely minutes or seconds of whack for Bible reading. Plenty of whack to talk on the phone or text or e-mail a friend, but almost no whack at all for a few minutes of prayer and meditation and spiritual self-examination. Some are trusting that we have enough spiritual whack to get to Heaven when they don't even have enough to get us out of bed and to church on Sunday mornings.

And some who have plenty of whack on Sunday mornings are out of whack by Sunday night! Either that or their whack is directed toward something besides assembling with other Christians to worship God and and learn more about His will. The naked truth is that some Christians are simply out of spiritual whack.

Ecclesiastes 9:10a takes a whack at those who are out of whack — "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might." That certainly includes living for God. Jesus said to a group of lukewarm first century Christians who were out of whack, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent" (Revelation 3:19). If you are out of spiritual whack, the Lord has a plain word for you – turn to Him. Get your spiritual whack back. You don't won't to be out of whack when He comes.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ