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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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October 8, 2013 - Eavesdropping Welcomed Here

By William E. Richardson

"Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you" (2 Corinthians 3:2, The Message).

Eavesdroppers. We usually consider them nosy, interfering and unwelcome. They listen in on conversations that have nothing to do with them. They repeat what they hear to others who don't need to know.

But a certain eavesdropping is allowed. We followers of Jesus should expect, even desire, nonbelievers to eavesdrop on our Christian lives. By watching and listening to us, they should see Jesus.

Non-Christians sometimes accidentally notice things we do and say. Something about us catches their attention and makes them start paying attention. They then continue to observe, not to spread gossip but to gain understanding. They listen to learn. Through what they see and hear, the Holy Spirit draws them to Christianity.

The Egyptians didn't intend to eavesdrop on Joseph. After he became second in command to Pharaoh, all went well. Then his brothers showed up. They requested grain from Joseph with no idea who he was. It was business as usual until Joseph revealed his identity.

To keep the emotional moment just between him and his long-separated siblings, Joseph sent his Egyptian attendants out of the room (Genesis 45:1). But Joseph wept loudly at being reunited with his brothers. The attendants overheard and spread the word (v. 2).

That was an unintentional discovery, due to Joseph's obvious actions, not the Egyptians' prying ears. It led the Egyptians to a better understanding of Joseph and his God.

Nor did the other Philippian prisoners plan to eavesdrop on Paul and Silas. The two missionaries were whipped, then placed in chains in a secure location (Acts 16:23,24). About midnight, God's two servants, in severe pain, did something besides wail and moan.

They praised God. Their songs of worship caught the attention of the other prisoners (v. 25). The more the prisoners listened, the more they learned about the two Christians.

When others who don't share our faith notice something we do, then start paying attention, the Holy Spirit may use what we do or say to draw them into a personal relationship with Jesus.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at lights4god.wordpress.com.

 

 

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