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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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May 13, 2014 - The Spiritual Fruit of Faithfulness

By William E. Richardson

"But the fruit of the Spirit is ... faithfulness" (Galatians 5:22, NASB).

Abraham and Lot were born into the same family of shepherds. That's where their similarities ended. They raised sheep together until disputes erupted among their herdsmen. Uncle Abraham suggested he and Lot should go different directions. Lot agreed, with his eyes on the best grazing land. From that day onward, Abraham and Lot lived contrasting lives of faithfulness to God.

While Abraham faithfully prayed for God's guidance, Lot sought to please himself. In a three-step move, Lot chose the choicest pastures for his sheep, pitched his tent to face the sinful city of Sodom, and eventually moved into Sodom. Later, Lot became a captive in a war among local powers. Abraham sought God's help, and then staged a daring rescue. After being freed, careless Lot returned to Sodom.

Abraham remained faithful to God. Lot remained faithful to himself. Later, when God destroyed Sodom with fire and brimstone, Uncle Abraham's prayers spared the lives of Lot and his family. Lot faced other extreme problems without drawing close to God.

God blesses our faithfulness to Him. He rewards us in this life and in the life to come. He promises in Revelation 2:10, "Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life." No matter what life hurls at us, deciding to honor God in every difficulty and through every temptation will be worth it.

During the days of stagecoaches, a company advertised for a new driver. Three men answered the ad. One by one they were called into the office to be interviewed. They were told they'd have to transport passengers over the hot desert, through a rocky canyon, and along a steep mountain cliff. Each applicant was asked, "How close to the edge of the cliff do you feel you could safely drive?"

The first man answered, "Three feet." The second one claimed, "I could safely get the coach within one foot of the edge." When asked, the third applicant said, "I'd stay as far from the edge as I could. I'd keep the passengers close to the mountainside." That man walked out of the office with the job. And he kept the job because he understood what was expected and remained faithful to it.

I too choose to stay close to the mountain. I choose not to follow Lot to the edge of the cliff. I choose the safer steps of Abraham's path, not always understanding, but remaining faithful to God's guidance.

May you bear abundant fruit of faithfulness today.

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

 

 

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