I received an email from a friend this morning that at first read caused me to scream (in my head of course) another chain email, REALLY!? I am just so tired of the well meaning blessing threatening in the name of Jesus or for the sake of Jesus emails I receive.
First and foremost: I am a Christian. A bible believing born again, bible thumping Christian. And I am a Pastor, Co-Pastor to be exact. My husband and I minister in a sweet family home fellowship called tfc or That Fish Church ><((((*> .
So it is not the fact that the emails are Christ based, but the offense comes in for me at the point of saying I must not be a believer or I must not want others blessed if I don’t forward this to at least 7 others. Or whatever other statement of disaster is posted in the closing. I have become so critical of these that frankly I don’t read them with an open heart anymore or read them at all.
Until this morning.
I read the email and my heart was initially offended.
I went up to take a shower and get myself ready for the day.
(I have some great moments of thought and revelation in the shower, maybe that is T.M.I., but wonder how many of you would agree that it’s a great place for thinking?)
And it dawned on me…
Holy Spirit is a catalyst to us, prompts people to write books or a blog, give great sermons and talks, brings us to pray, unction’s us to just go visit, many things we are prompted to do by Holy Spirit’s intervening. Can we not be prompted to send an email?
All things work for the glory of God…right?
So I re-read the email. I had to laugh at myself. It wasn’t a chain email at all. In fact it was a sweet prayer and gesture to “Dear Woman of God,” that’s me and so many other wonderful ladies I know. (and be sure to include the Dear Men of God)
The point of this blog?
Do you maybe need to re-visit something/someone that initially offended you?
Is that really what it/they said?
What if your heart’s attitude was more like Christ requested? They will know we are Christians by our love. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV)
Let us look past the offense and see more of Christ in them and us.
The Glory Spot
My husband likes to go to the “Glory Spot” and he had that opportunity yesterday. You may wonder what the “Glory Spot” is. For him it is located not too far from where we live here in Puyallup. He hops in the Blazer with his Bible and heads out to Wildwood Park off of 23rd and parks in one of two stalls that get good reception for his favorite Christian radio station 88.8 (he actually picks it up more clearly at 89.1) and takes some time to listen to what God has to say. Often times he will go for a walk and do even more pondering about God and his word. Yesterday was a great time for him because his natural gift of gab and evangelizing also took place. He was listening to the group Selah during one of the radio programs and had the volume turned up a bit. A gentleman got out of his vehicle and scowled at Rod indicating that the volume was too loud, so Rod politely turned it down. The gentleman continued to scowl and Rod turned it down some more. And then the man got back in his vehicle and drove off. Funny how easily people our offended. So Rod thought he would be left alone and get some devotional time to himself. Then another vehicle pulled up this time with a couple in it and they got out. The woman had a curious look on her face as though she was trying to focus and it became clear to Rod that she was interested in the song she could hear floating through the air so Rod turned the volume up a bit and she smiled.
The lady said who is that?” and he mentioned that it was the group called “Selah” and she said, “Oh I have heard of them I like them.”
They continued in conversation a bit and her husband did not seem too interested what they were talking about but was trying to be courteous at least. Rod began talking about how he likes to come here to his “Glory Spot” and spend some time in devotion and reading the Bible. The lady began to ask him questions about what do you mean by glory spot and how do you talk to God? Rod has a natural gift of evangelizing and so he just started sharing about his routine and life and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the lady continued to ask him questions and the husband again just stood there quietly yet a bit uninterested. As the dialogue continued the usual question came up, do you go to church and where?
So my question to you do you go to church and where? If not, why not? No time like the present to begin a good habit more than that to reestablish a relationship with Jesus Christ and become familiar again with the family of God.
How does the chorus from the Gaither song go: “I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, for I’m part of the family, the family of God.”
Happy 1st Sunday ya’ll! Hope that church is a part of your regular routine. Not just going to go, but going because you know our Creator Father God and have relationship with His son Jesus Christ. What hope do you have for eternal salvation otherwise? What value is there in life if you have not this relationship?
To be a good person is one thing, to be good to others another. But truly if you have not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior in your life, well then you are going to hell in a handbasket as the saying goes.
Sounds a bit down and in your face I am sure. Know though that love is where it is at. Why else would Christ have said, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Not by our hatred or rudeness to one another, but by our love. So it is in the spirit of love that this be posted. So that you might know Him.
John 3:16~For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life.