Pastor's Notes

Fishing for Compliments

April 25, 2017

"Fishing for compliments" is an activity that most of us have been guilty of at one time or another. "You look nice today" sounds like a symphony to our ears. We got it right! As someone who struggles to make sure I pull out of the closet a tie that doesn't clash horribly with my shirt, I can appreciate it.

However, I wonder how much more should be our desire to hear the words, "You look like God today". I am intending that statement to say that we should be seen as the Hands and Feet of Jesus in the world.

In 1 John 3:1 (CEB), "See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God's children, and that is what we are!" Can others see the family resemblance? The writer tells us that what we believe will determine how we behave.

A story from the Civil War era is told about a chaplain. The chaplain approached a wounded soldier on the battlefield and asked if he'd like to hear a few verses from the Bible. The wounded man said, "No, I'm so thirsty, I'd rather have some water." The chaplain gave him a drink, then repeated his question. "No sir, not now-but could you put something under my head?" The chaplain did so, and again repeated his question. "No," said the soldier, "I'm cold, could you cover me up?"

The Chaplain took off his inside coat and wrapped the soldier. Afraid to ask, he did not repeat his question. He started to step away, but the soldier called him back, "Look, Chaplain, if there's anything in that book of yours that makes a person do for another what you've done for me, then I want to hear it."

As you continue to experience Resurrection Power this Easter season, be encouraged that your good works do not go unnoticed!

Blessings, Richie

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