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Thursday’s Thought

“”He came to what was His but His own did not accept Him.” John 1:11
(Simple English Bible)

A Congolese man name Richard fled his country which was torn by war,
strife and disease. He made it all the way to Cape Town as a stranger
but managed to find fellow Christians from the Congo. Richard has a
humble job washing cars and sends what money he can back to
Lubumbashi for his relatives. He’s been here for four years and
recently managed to save enough money to return home. His family and
relatives weren’t too happy to see him. They’d been squandering the
money he had been sending them while claiming hardship. And they were
very happy when Richard left again to return to Cape Town.

Richard knows what it feels like to not only be rejected but also
taken for a ride. He is sorely disappointed in his family, friends
and relatives. They’d been enjoying his hard-earned blessings and
sacrifices in order to they whatever they felt like. Richard’s trust
and generosity were trampled upon.

I wonder if our Lord felt the same way. His Father had sent the
prophets. His people had been rescued from slavery, provided with a
leader and were given a direct covenant with God. They had miraculous
blessings and great promises. But when God sent His only Son, only a
few, so very few believed in Him. The rest were interested in their
own agendas.

And, if I truly claim to accept Christ in my life and heart, then I
should obey Him!

Ya think?

Steve

Thursday’s Thought

“”He came to what was His but His own did not accept Him.” John 1:11
(Simple English Bible)

A Congolese man name Richard fled his country which was torn by war,
strife and disease. He made it all the way to Cape Town as a stranger
but managed to find fellow Christians from the Congo. Richard has a
humble job washing cars and sends what money he can back to
Lubumbashi for his relatives. He’s been here for four years and
recently managed to save enough money to return home. His family and
relatives weren’t too happy to see him. They’d been squandering the
money he had been sending them while claiming hardship. And they were
very happy when Richard left again to return to Cape Town.

Richard knows what it feels like to not only be rejected but also
taken for a ride. He is sorely disappointed in his family, friends
and relatives. They’d been enjoying his hard-earned blessings and
sacrifices in order to they whatever they felt like. Richard’s trust
and generosity were trampled upon.

I wonder if our Lord felt the same way. His Father had sent the
prophets. His people had been rescued from slavery, provided with a
leader and were given a direct covenant with God. They had miraculous
blessings and great promises. But when God sent His only Son, only a
few, so very few believed in Him. The rest were interested in their
own agendas.

And, if I truly claim to accept Christ in my life and heart, then I
should obey Him!

Ya think?

Steve

Change begins in our hearts

“Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.” A wise man.

One of the American election campaign promises was change. All of the candidates who ran for their party’s nomination and eventually charged for the Presidency promised change. There were a myriad of situations, ideas and circumstances which needed drastic overhauls. The media pounced on every little detail, nuance and speculation to fan the public interest and keep their ratings as high as possible. Now that the election is over and there is a new American President, the nation has taken a collective sigh of relief.

But will this help the average man in the street? The economy is still shot, perhaps worsening. Dark clouds of debt, re-possession and gloom appear on every horizon. People have tightened their belts. Churches have reined in their contributions and spending. Everybody seems hunkered down in a bunker, waiting for change to catch up to them and they can once again emerge into the sunlight.

Change begins in our hearts. Yes, it is good to have encouraging examples and praise those who have made heroic efforts to help others. As much as this is good and right, we must also be determined to make the right changes in our attitudes and involvements. Christian service from the heart is needed more and more in a confusing, bewildering world. Our help, our openness, our love for our friends, neighbors and fellow Christians is on the line right now. We are the children of Light and like lighthouses in a storm, we shine God’s love into a heavy-hearted world.

Let’s first change our hearts, then go next door.

You with me?

Steve