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I just returned yesterday morning from “Man-Camp.” Haha, actually it’s called Men’s Advance (as opposed to “retreat”). Something happened there that I have never experienced. NEVER!
I have been going to church since I was in my mother’s tummy, over 52 years. In that time I have never seen God do what He did this past weekend. Which could turn into the biggest rabbit trail ever!
As Christians we try to stay united. Have the same mindset. After all, we all serve the same Kingdom and God. But we all have our own mind. We think alike, but different. Of course, that is how God made us. So we have different backgrounds, different ideas, different lives, different everything. But as Christians, we need to come together in some things.
As our weekend progressed (there was 9 of us from our church who attended) God began to push us together. In our hearts, we shared many things. He brought us together as I had never seen before. NEVER!
Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.” I propose to you that it means more than church time. It means more than Christ attending our Bible Studies and Life Groups. It’s more than just Him being a part of our evening/morning prayers. I believe it means more. That when we gather in His name, we are inviting Christ to come reach into us and change the way we think in many, many fashions. Everything we do (Bible studies, prayer meetings, writings, church attendance, etc) is for the express purpose of KNOWING GOD! That entire Bible was written for that purpose more than any other. All we do in our interactions with God, all the material made, all the sermons preached, all the lessons taught and learned. It is all for the reason to know Christ!
I realize this is not exactly being clear on everything, but for the moment, it’s the best I can do to try and explain. Sometimes God works in ways we cannot explain. What are you gonna do? He’s God!
We arrived home yesterday just as our own Sunday morning service was getting under way and had the privilege of sitting under a guest speaker, Professor David Wesley. Essentially, what I got from God this weekend is a message He has put forth for centuries. But one we often entangle with our own versions and conditions. Love. Wesley under-girded just that.
Simply love. Take each step and start each sentence with love. Every thought, every idea, every movement. Each, bathed in love. Think love first. When someone cuts you off in traffic, think love first. When you see someone or something that is opposite of how you think, respond first in love. When you are corrected, venture with love. When you read or hear something that is anti-Christian, anti-anything, push back with love. When you are offended, respond with love. “And now abide faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
The whole of this weekend could not be pressed into a simple blog. In fact, it would be difficult to put it all into a book. There was that much. Likely I will blog more on it another time, but for now, take this: You have two choices in which to respond in everything, positive or negative. Choose positive. Display love to all. Sometimes, that may be by simply remaining quiet. God displays His goodness in the world enough for us all to see our sins. We do not need to point them all out to people. We need only love them.
Oh, and one more thing. It’s cool to tell another man that you love him with trying to get a beer from him.