Who Moved My Cheese?
There is a book by the name of “Who Moved My Cheese” by Dr. Spencer Johnson which is a parable about the human resistance to change even in the face of the persistent ineffectiveness of their actions. This book talks about how rats can find a piece of cheese even in a complex maze. The book further states that time after time rats will go to the exact place where they found the cheese previously. However, if the cheese is no longer where it was, after a few times, the rats will look elsewhere. This small book is a object lesson of how people also need to consider changing their methods if what they are doing time and time again fails to produce the desired results. Here is a truth,
“What most concerns a rat it is not where the cheese was but finding where the cheese is”
For the rodent the object is cheese and it will modify its behavior to obtain the object of its desire if circumstances have altered the location of the food. Likewise, for a Christian believer the object of their desire is God. Like the noble rat we need to realize that if we look in the same place time and time again yet we do not find God, even if He has been there previously, we need to look elsewhere. Here is another truth,
“For the Christian it is not where God was, that is most important, but finding where God is”
God, like the cheese, may not always be in the same place or form you found Him last time. Your belief system may say that God must be in such and such place yet when you look where He was you only find crumbs. Eventually, if God is not where we have come to expect we need to consider finding out where He is.
Doctrine, or principles derived from the Bible, is simply a road map to interact with and understand God. As our relationship grows we come to understand Him better. Paul says,
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
1 Corinthians 13:11,12
As a child we believe that baby brother comes from momma’s tummy. As we grow and mature we find out that there is a lot more to the miracle of birth than we once thought. Also, with time and perspective, ideas that were once beyond us are now easy to understand.
Just as God lead His people in the Wilderness of Sin God Leads His people today. Our life with God is a journey and we must move when He moves and stay when His stays. If we fall behind we can loose sight of our Father.
During the 1800’s people used to find salvation through weeks and sometimes months of intense prayer and soul searching repentance. Yet at the turn of the 19th century people could find the same salvation experience without much effort. However, now God was not in the salvation experience in such power but rather had moved on to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Those who continued to seek God at the salvation experience found that there was less and less power there while those who moved on to the Holy Spirit Baptism experience found more and more of Him. Today, God has left the Holy Spirit Baptism experience and is waiting for us at the Tabernacle experience. Those who find that their churches are not moving in the power and demonstration of His spirit need to move towards Tabernacles. The Tabernacles experience is oneness with God. Here is a truth,
“The cheese used to be at the salvation experience but it moved.
The cheese used to be at the Holy Spirit baptism experience but it moved.
The cheese is now at the Tabernacle experience but it will also move someday too.”
The problem with dogma is that it never realizes when the cheese is gone. Dogma demands that the cheese must be in the same place every time even when it is obviously missing. Moreover, when people are hungry for more of God and they want to go off in search elsewhere dogma says they must only go where God has been. Eventually, all you get with dogma is spiritual starvation because people continually look for spiritual food where there is none.
So, if the cheese you are looking for is not where it once was then you should consider looking for it somewhere else. Furthermore, we need to have courage to speak up tell others when the cheese is not there anymore.