There are few things better in life than the unexpected good thing that happens when you don’t expect it. You know, when something good happens when you were expecting something bad? Ia going on possible when giving up was likely?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
May I share a history lesson with you? Two of the most opposed characters from the early history of our nation were presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.The animosity between these men was notorious. Adams and Jefferson were truly political enemies that had become personal enemies and never missed an opportunity to point out their differences and snipe at one another. As the years passed both men became less antagonistic. After Jefferson left the presidency in 1808 he retired to his Monticello home. Adams, already retired, lived quietly in Quincy, Massachusetts. Both went to work writing and publishing considerable correspondence. As they wrote, they discovered some of the political differences that had separated them were becoming less important. Finally, in 1814, both began a correspondence that would last until their deaths. A mutual respect grew and they became close friends. Then, on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the American independence which both men had personally shaped, Adams and Jefferson lay in death’s grip. At 91 years, Adams was the patriarch of the Revolution. And Jefferson, at 83, had outlived many of his contemporaries. Ironically, these two men, who had hated one another, were suffering together–passing from life together on the anniversary of the event that had once bonded them long before their mutual hatreds developed. Their go-between, letters from their personal pens, became the vehicle to bring them together.
Oswald Chambers writes. “The Christian worker has to be a sacramental ‘go-between,’ to be so identified with his Lord and the reality of His Redemption that He can continually bring His creating life through him. It is not the strength of one man’s personality being superimposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through the elements of the worker’s life. When we preach the historic facts of the life and death of Our Lord as they are conveyed in the New Testament, our words are made sacramental; God uses them on the ground of His Redemption to create in those who listen that which is not created otherwise. If we preach the effects of Redemption in human life instead of the revelation regarding Jesus, the result in those who listen is not new birth, but refined spiritual culture, and the Spirit of God cannot witness to it because such preaching is in another domain. We have to see that we are in such living sympathy with God that as we proclaim His truth He can create in souls the things which He alone can do.” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, November 9)
The Apostle Paul wrote. “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” Like these two men, we once were God’s enemies and the mere mention of His name filled us with fear. The Apostle Paul often preached about how with Christ we are now reconciled to God. As we are reconciled, we share in His suffering and He in ours. Christ still suffers with us every time we do. We are one with Him and our hopes, our hurts, our joys and our sorrows are also His. We were alienated from our God for so long and then Christ came to live the perfect life that brought us together with God again. We were once enemies and now we are friends–friends that live and die together in a mystical union that only God can explain. Unlike Jefferson, however, we will at our death not have to ask, “Does Christ yet live?” We know that OUR Redeemer lives! We are reconciled both now AND forever.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank your for reconciling us with you through the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. Help us Lord to remember that we are not the ones to bridge the message of the gospel except by the Spirit that works in us. Forgive us when we allow our talents and personality to become the focus of evangelism when that focus is and always will be Christ. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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