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Blind?

Posted: June 13, 2019 in Uncategorized
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When we see people in need, whether they be friends, acquaintances or strangers, do you

  1. Stop and speak to them and ask if you can help.
  2. Stop and ask them if they’re ok, and even if they say they are, ask them what is wrong.
  3. Keep walking passed them, and look the other way.

We all live such busy lives these days, and we all have our own concerns or problems to deal with. However we know there are other around us who are in greater need than ourselves, and maybe have no-one to turn to for help, so surely as Christians we must reach out to those we see who are in need?

Even if we choose to ignore those around us who are in need, doesn’t mean they will ‘go away’. In fact it simply tells us, and God, more about the person we are. Is that the person you want to be?

Ever walked into a church you don’t usually attend, where you don’t know anyone?

How did the people there make you feel? Did they welcome you, or did they treat you as if you were an outsider?

Now think about your own church, and how those in your church, including you, treat those who come to your church for the first time. If a person walks into your church smartly dressed and well-presented are they treat the same as when a drunk or homeless person comes in?

Imagine being treated like this

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

I pray that I will never judge someone because of their outward looks, good or bad, but welcome every person into God’s house when they want to enter. We don’t know what others are going through, but God does. He brings people to His church when they are their lowest, in greatest need, so it’s our responsibility as Christians, to welcome them, just as Jesus would.

The song Somebody like me by The Martins, from which the above lyrics are an excerpt, is a great song, and a remind that someone like us needs to step up, and reach out to everyone who seeks shelter, or solace in God’s house.

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

Chorus

You’d think somebody would put their arm around him
You’d think somebody would hit a knee
Pull him in, say a prayer, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout right there
You’d think somebody would practice what they’re preaching
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Well he’s got problems nobody wants a part of
When he got up and slipped, nobody stood up
They don’t wanna make a scene, they let him walk out of there
Ooh, without a prayer

Chorus

You’d think somebody would do something different
You’d think somebody would go against the grain
Be the one to run him down
Bring him back and turn him around
You’d think somebody would want to make a difference
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Oh, can I get a witness (somebody, somebody), Ooh, Ooh

Pentecost is the festival where Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks.

Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, as well as the start of the church’s mission in the world. And that is why we celebrate Pentecost today!

Act 2:1-4 and 17-21 (The Passion Translation)

On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!

God said, ‘This is what I will do in the last days—I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy. I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above and mighty miracles on the earth below. Blood and fire and pillars of clouds will appear. For the sun will be turned dar  and the moon blood-red before that great and awesome appearance of the day of the Lord. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

As we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit today, I challenge you to renew God’s presence in your life today.

It true isn’t it, we can each be our own worst enemy can’t we!

Why do we do that to ourselves? We make things so difficult for ourselves don’t we?

I know for myself, I can easily convince myself that a decision I make is wrong, even when it’s blatantly obvious it is the right one.

Why do we do that? For those of us who are Christians, it’s clear the person who makes us doubt our every decision, every belief, is the devil. He is the one who will do anything and everything he can to make us do and say things which we wouldn’t normally do, to make us turn away from and doubt God.

So beware our worst enemy can come from within.

What’s your trademark?

A trademark is normally a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. However imagine you could come up with a trademark for yourself.

I wonder whether the trademark you’d come up with would allow others to easily realise it was your trademark.

I pray the way I leave others feeling after any interaction or encounter with me, is a positive one. So I hope my trademark would show others first and foremost that I am a Christian and that I am therefore a trustworthy, compassionate and loving person.

I recently received a brochure through the post. It was a brightly coloured glossy brochure. It looked good and the thick quality paper made me want to look inside. So I did…

Well what I found inside was not what I expected

  • The first couple of pages were fine.
  • After page 2 was pages 19 to 34 inclusive.
  • Then another set of pages 19 up to 50 this time – pages 19 to 34 are the same as the previous pages 19 to 34.
  • Another set of pages 35 to 50 then followed again.
  • Finishing with pages 67 and 68.

The magazine looked great, it looked the part on the outside, but when you looked inside, it was a mess. So it wasn’t such a great looking brochure after all. i.e. What I saw from the outside of the brochure did not represent how the brochure was inside.

That’s so like many who say they are Christians, and attend church, isn’t it? On the outside they appear to be saying and doing all the things you’d expect of a Christian, but when they are outside of church, or you get to know them better, you can realise quite quickly they are not the true Christian you thought they were.

I pray that my outer self may reflect the inner me, and show that Jesus it at the centre of all I do.

We talk a lot about how much we should believe in God, and how we want to live more like Jesus each day. But do our words and our actions show others that we love God?

We can say we’re a Christian, we can go to church regularly, we can go through the motions of being a Christian, but if we’ve not given our heart to God, we can never truly live our lives as God wants us to.

Do your words and actions show others you believe in Christ?

I pray that the way I live my life, will reflect that I love God.

Going to church doesn’t make you Christian – It’s what you believe and give when you’re there that makes you a Christian. i.e. When you believe in God and give Him every part of you, then you are a Christian.

But even being a Christian isn’t enough, because what God wants each Christian to do is to live our lives in a Christian manner, praying for others and helping them whenever possible. Then others will see God through our words and actions. i.e. Be His church!

This week I’ve provided several descriptions of a Christian, and the qualities you’d expect them to have.

Descriptions are all well and good, but in reality none of us ever truly live up to what is expected of a Christian. In fact none of us ever live up to God’s expectations of us. And this is all because we are human, imperfect.

The good news is God knows we’re not perfect, accepts us as we are, and is willing to help us be the best we can be – It’s simply a learning process.

The last few days I’ve been talking about the definition of a Christian, and the qualities we’d expect to find in a Christian.

When someone is a Christian they hold a firm belief in God’s existence, and that He has planned out their life for them before we were even born. A Christian doesn’t need to wish for things to happen, instead they pray, knowing that God will answer every prayer.