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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Jan. 19, 2010 - More Than a Moment

By Jerry Scott

The pastor leading the funeral service spoke of a young lady who was a tomboy, who loved to run and climb trees. It made me smile, for the body lying there in the casket was that of an elderly, heavy-set woman. There was no clue she had those interests when a child. Talking with another man who is now a tenderhearted grandpa, a man who loves kids, I was astonished to learn that he was a juvenile delinquent who ended up as a Marine carrying a machine gun in Vietnam at the height of that terrible war. Who knew? When people learn that as a teenager I spent every summer turning wild colts into riding horses, I often see suppressed smiles. It seems unbelievable (even to me!) that I was once that kind of physical, earthy man! Now I love my books and my quiet study.

Before we move too quickly to reach a conclusion about others, we need to remember that we see only a slice in time of their lives. How easily we can judge them without knowing how they were parented, what kinds of experiences they have survived along the way, or the people who have influenced him. No wonder Jesus cautions us, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1, NIV).

One of the things I enjoy most about being a pastor is learning people’s stories. I hate gossip! I don’t want you to tell me his story. It’s too hard to separate the bias from the facts. But I love to listen to people tell their own stories, for I hear them as they experienced them. Too many times to count, when I learn about who someone really is, I see that if I had jumped to quick judgment I would never have been privileged to know how and why they became who they are!

Here’s a wonderfully comforting (or maybe threatening?) truth. God will not judge you or me based on a tiny slice in life! I chuckle to think that as a young boy I was so scrupulous each night to make sure that I ’fessed up to God about my life that day just in case I died or He called His Church home in the Rapture. (Yes, thoughts of that event were always there, but not as the Blessed Hope. It was the Great Dread!) What I failed to understand was that God saw my whole life, not just my paranoid bedtime prayers. The Lord knows your scars and your opportunities, your motives and your reasons. He sees who you are, where you came from, and knows what you did and/or could have done. Isn’t that a wonderful thought?

Disciple, we are saved through Christ’s sacrifice. That makes us right with God. When we stand before Him at the Judgment Seat, it will be Christ’s righteousness that opens the eternal presence of God to us.

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Thankfully, He knows it ALL!

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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