“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God, the Father.” Col 3:17 (NASB)
His name wasn’t easy to pronounce, being from eastern Europe, but everyone called him Bob. His English was understandable but it took time and a few repeats to get clarity. Bob wanted to come to Bible classes in a township, which wasn’t the safest area to go. He didn’t have a car and said he’d take public transport and ask directions along the way. Everyone expected that they’d never seen him again!
Amazingly, he did find the right venue and brought three local residents with him! When asked how it came about, Bob said that whenever he was helped with directions or assistance, he always thanked the person in the Lord’s name. And others became interested in where he was going and what he expected to do when he arrived. The trio who accompanied Bob on the spur of the moment, were amazed to hear the teaching of the Word in a place they never expected.
Too many times, I believe Christians take God for granted. We assume that our plans will be fulfilled. We expect God to clear the way. We want our lives to be a neat and orderly as possible. But, it is by His grace that we live and move and have our being.
Maybe, we should be more thankful.
“Someday” isn’t one of the seven days of the week. (Anon friend)
I’m sure we’ve all had those day of shoulda/coulda/woulda but never did. Our best intentions were sidelined somewhere along the way and we forgot, ran out of time or let the opportunity slide by. That friend or relative we were supposed to visit in the hospital, that dinner we wanted to host for an important person, that gift we should’ve bought but never did. I think we all have those times.
Those are embarrassing moments but not serious ones. The greatest tragedies are those were we neglected to tell the Good News to someone we knew needed to hear it. Those times when the witness for Christ might have made a difference in someone’s life. These are the truly missed opportunities.
Because we are busy people, things do get in the way. But I feel in most cases that we create our own perception of what business actually is — it is an excuse when we can waylay our guilt and failures. Probably best solution is to anticipate what might happen and prepare our hearts and minds to focus on Christ so that the Truth can, not only be spoken, but seen through our lives.
And that’s a tough assignment!
“But when the perishable will; have put on the imperishable and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying, Death is swallowed up in victory.” I Cor 15:54 (NASB)
Dina wasn’t afraid of dying which puzzled her children and grandchildren. She was in the hospital, cancer had eaten away at her body and the surgeons and doctors had done all they could to heal her. At the end of the treatment, the doctors told the family that they’d done everything humanly possible.
There were regular visitors from the congregation, including the pastor, elders and many good friends. Prayers ere offered and Dina’s family had hope that God would heal and restore her to full health once again. When one granddaughter asked Dina why she wasn’t afraid of what was happening, Dina smiled and told her that death wasn’t anything to be feared because she was going her heavenly home. The girl hugged Dina and said that one day, she’d catch up, too!
Christians have this hope that no other has: death isn’t the end nor does it stop anything. Death is merely a gate through which we will she God face to face. It will be a joyous occasion and a final fulfilment of our lives on earth. And what glory awaits us!