What Shall Excuse This Strange Behavior?

Journal Entry (9/29/2011, 4:34am) – Woke up this morning and prayed, then spent time reading from the book I believe has the truth I need to hear. Prepare for work. (5:00pm) – Arrived home from work. It’s been a normal day. Order parts, stock shelves, issue the parts. Spent break-time discussing Cardinals chance to squeeze into the wildcard position. Had chicken for lunch. ~ Note to self, at supper, let wife know I’ll be consumed tonight with the Cards and the Braves games. Also, can’t forget to get the measurement for the roll pin on the bat-wing mower. Need to get devotion time in somewhere… I’ll do it between innings. Then again, I’ll be flipping through the channels between innings seeing how the other teams are doing…

My pastor asked us a question last night that will not leave me alone. (Do they teach them that in seminary?) His question was, “What do we do in the course of a day that allows the world to know that Christianity is different than all the religions of the world?”

To condense his message, and probably do it great dis-service, three readily available answers should be, we demonstrate our faith by unity, love, and joy. Jesus prayed for, and commanded that these be traits of His church (John 13:35; 17:20-21).

Consider the mindset of the Christians living in the generation when Luke penned the Acts of the Apostles.

“Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2: 44 – 47

Here’s a news flash! The world doesn’t care what we say! Rather, the world needs to see us live what we say… better yet, the world needs to see us live as the Bible describes us. If we’re not even willing to give up our chair in church, what’s the chances of us being a living sacrifice before the world?

Oh yeah! (humor me, it’s really 4:30 am) There’s something else that will not depart from my mind as I write these words, so I guess it’s meant to be in this post. (Hey! I’m being good here and sparing you the barbecue hamster line…)

Shine,

Make ’em wonder what you’ve got,

Make ’em wish that they were not,

On the outside looking bored

Shine,

Let it shine before all men,

Let ’em see good works, and then,

Let ’em glorify the Lord.

(Newsboys)

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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6 Responses to What Shall Excuse This Strange Behavior?

  1. MT, I think they cal that “walking the walk.” Great message, we always need the reminder and boost.

    GO CARDS!

    Shalom, Art

  2. lambskinny says:

    Thanks M.T. God bless! Carley

  3. freedomborn says:

    Mike thank you for your sharing and please forgive me for the length of my response, I wrote it recently and it came to mind when I read your message and I felt it fitted in with Shine, so what makes us Shine?

    Have you ever been passionate about something, I mean really passionate or have you known others who are really on fire for what they believe or cherish, perhaps Conservation, World Peace, Sport, Elvis, Grandchildren a Woman or Man in love… out comes the photos or brag book, eyes are bright, smiles exuberance, excitement, nothing is better and if it’s a loved one, they can do no wrong, perhaps they do but they don’t care they love them. They think about what or who they are passionate about most of the time, they talk about it or them, they defend them or it, they fight for them, they want to be with them or participate and be involved in what they hold as extremely important, they never weary of listening to them or hearing about it, there loyalty never wavers, they are 100% committed and they are absolutely in no way luke -warm.

    Why does God ask for this 100% of us in regard to Him ( see below ) is it because He is egotistical….Passion is one of the faces of True Love, God’s Love reflects it’s intensity but there is so much more…so why does God ask us to seek Him with all our heart, because we need to and in doing so we will find true contentment and fulfilment, we need to Love fully, we need to give all, any less will leave us wanting, we were Created to Love 100% and God’s Love is Sacrificial, Constant, Faithful, Committed, Loyal and never ending, it is not at all Saccharine sweet, that leaves a bitter after taste or is it watered down, cold or luke -warm. When we Love God 100% we will Love ourselves and others and be at Peace, but we can’t have God’s Love without God, because we ask Him for it and He gives it to us and then as we walk in it and it overflows and cleanses and heals us.

    Jeremiah 29:12-14 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD:

    Matthew 22 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great Commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt Love thy Neighbour as thyself. On these two Commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

    Christian Love Anne.

  4. I am starting to get good at this. As the Word of God takes a deeper hold on me with each passing day, I am finding that people are starting to notice. All the time anymore I hear, why are you always reading your bible, or that was a nice thing you just did, ect ect. It makes me feel good inside too.

    • freedomborn says:

      Good morning Bible Man or is it good afternoon there, anyway so good your Joy is in seeking and serving The Lord and in being an example to others, when we do what is pleasing to God, we will feel good, it would be strange if we felt bad, because we are not created that way, if we do what is wrong as Christians before we are perfected in Love, we will not be at Peace but the Spirit will lead us to repentance and forgiveness…How good is that!

      Christian Love Anne

  5. Debbie says:

    Amen, MT! Love is pretty irresistible and oh so very tangible. It’s an honor to break bread with you (virtually) and I thank you for the pass on the hamster BBQ. 😀

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