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September 4, 2006

Do you really want to be first?

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us. 3 John 9

How do you want to be remembered?

I'm sure Diotrephes had no idea that all of Christendom would remember him as one who loved to be first! His rejection of the Apostle John wasn't a very wise choice.

Since all of Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit, I wonder if Jesus had anything to do with the way Diotrephes is remembered. Wouldn't you want the world to know how someone had harmed your best friend? I'm sure Jesus carries no malice, for He is without sin. But it makes me chuckle when I consider how we remember an adversary of the "one Jesus loved."

Lord, I know what it is to have a best friend who has been harmed by someone. My human nature wants to tell the world about it. But it is not my place. Give me a heart of compassion and forgiveness. Help me to be remembered as on who is content with being last rather than first.

September 5, 2006

Nameless Disciples

"Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection." Acts 1:21-22

When the dust had settled, there were about one hundred and twenty who gathered to pray and wait for the Holy Spirit whom Jesus had promised. While they prayed, Peter called upon the group to name a replacement for Judas Iscariot. But who could stand as a witness to all Jesus had done? Weren't there only twelve disciples?

The truth is: There were more than twelve who followed Jesus. There were many who were there from the beginning to the end. We don't know all their names, but they were there. Among them was Matthias, the one chosen by lot to replace the one who had been lost. There was also Justis, the one mentioned but not chosen.

Lord, there were many who followed without notice. We don't know their names, but they knew You. Would I have been a nameless disciple? Would I be content to stay by Your side without the recognition? Give me the heart of a servant. I want to follow You.

September 6, 2006

I'll have what they are having!

Some however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine." Acts 2:13

The day had finally come. Those who followed Jesus were gathered together waiting for the promised Holy Spirit. He came! With the sound of a might wind that was heard throughout the city, He came to rest on each believer. Each of them began to speak in languages he didn't know. Those who were visiting Jeruslem for Pentecost were amazed at how these Galileans could be speaking their native tongues.

Well... many of them were amazed. Some thought they were drunk.

At 9:00 in the morning, a group of Galileans began speaking in your native language, and you think they are drunk?! Oh, that what I would think, I'm sure! My main question is: Who was drinking? How could someone see and hear something like this and not believe that God was in it?

Some people are so hardened that all they know is skepticism. All they understand is what the world tell them - that there is only today - that life should be lived with no consequence - that God doesn't even exist.

I would hope that if I witnessed a group of believers acting as these were that my reaction wouldn't be one of skepticism. Too often, I question humans - at the expense of the Spirit. I would hope that my response: "I'll have what they are having!"

Lord, so what if the world thinks we are drunk! You are more important than what anyone thinks. Give me the courage to stand up and speak the words You place in my mouth. Do not make them my own. Make them what the world needs to hear in order to know You. Fill me anew today. Holy Spirit, rest on me.

September 11, 2006

God's Timing

Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. Acts 3:2

In the name of Jesus, Peter healed a crippled beggar. This man was the first to be healed after the coming of the Holy Spirit. All the people were amazed, for they recognized him as the man who begged at the Beautiful gate.

Wait!

How noticeable is a beggar? How many times does it take to see someone on the street before he is easily recognized? Yet the people recognized this man. He had been crippled from birth. He had been sitting at the Beautiful gate for a long time. He must have been; otherwise, he wouldn't have been recognized by them.

Not very long before this, it was the custom of another man to visit the temple. Jesus frequented the temple whenever He was in Jerusalem. And it is quite possible that Jesus could have seen this man - this beggar sitting at the Beautiful gate.

Why wasn't he healed before now? Jesus healed many, many sick and affirmed. Yet this man was not among them. Could it have been that their paths never crossed? Could it have been that the man was new to Jerusalem?

But the people recognized him!

The Lord's timing isn't always our timing. In fact, it is rarely our timing! If Jesus had seen this man, He may have decided to wait. This man's healing would stand as proof that the kingdom of God had come. A new age had dawned - an age where common man would be used in uncommon ways.

Lord, help me to be patient with Your timing. Help me to understand what I am to do during the wait. Heal me from the affirmities of this world - from the wicked ways that keep me from walking, from jumping, on the path to which You have called me.

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