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Im the last to arrive, the first to leave.
Harsh words, crude remarks have damaged.
Mistakes leave doubts with questions.
Do I belong or am I a drifter again?
I travel the Interstates, Highways and byways of America, it is my job, and it is where the Lord has put me to serve. The hows and reasons that led me to learning and doing this job are not pretty nor Christ like. It is the same with how I serve my God, who leads me to Christians on the edge, tottering, questioning, and lonely and hunger.
I am a witness for our brothers and sisters in a strange land estranged from congregating with their brothers and sisters. I hold no grudges have learned to find no faults, dont question their questions and accept as true their testimonies. Some are on Christianblog or a like minded place and have no idea Im the guy the spirit said one second, talk to him or her - nor do I know who they are.
If I wanted to find faults for each person and their circumstances I could. I could find plenty of mistakes and wrong thinking with them, the congregations and me. I have to ask myself does that help or accomplish anything. I dont think so. Instead I show, best I know how in the spirit, love and acceptance. I encourage them to overcome their own feelings of pain and hurt with prayer and study to search out our God of peace and joy to discover our God that gives endurance and encouragement.
Let me ask a question
Do you and I accept others as Jesus accepted us?
Do we pursue the harmony that is in the love of the Spirit?
The love that each of us has been shown and accepted, the love each of us has living with us, which sanctifies and confirms who we are in Christ.
Are we mature enough in the Spirit to shun crude remarks to overlook insults meant or unmeant and continue to love and serve the other as Christ served others. Confident enough to know we are forgiven and always forgiven in humility and love. Do we trust the power of God in the working of the Holy Spirit enough to shut up sometimes and witness with action or quietly with stillness.
To know the will of God is to know the confidence and assurance he gives us in the scriptures. To know the Gospel of God is to know what he accomplished in and through his Son on the cross. Do we know?
Are we so tangled in day to day life of self pursuits that we don t have time to know deeply our walk in the Spirit as individuals and a body. OOO! We speak well we write well and we have train loads of books with more information than one can contain to help and guide. Yet the Lord guides my path to brothers and sisters straying and crying not understanding why and no one from the congregation they once visited or belonged to reaching out.
Who are we, as a Church that one member should fall away? Where is the power of God in our lives as a body that our neighbors cant seem to see or find? We seem to sing of victory with clean hands and a conscience with strong walls.
Dont get me wrong Im as guilty as you are. What I have written and questions asked are to me, Im just sharing them with you.
Give thanks and praise in all things to the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.