…BUT NO LONGER USEFUL TO ME
Yesterday was a gorgeous day – a day that called out to achieve something. What better time to go survey the garage mess. For once I have been hoping for a call from someone that wants to “pick-up” what I am willing to give – my preference “Veterans of Foreign Wars.” Since Salvation Army left our town, I lack a place to drop off except Goodwill and I’m “iffy” about them. Does anyone know the truth about their worthiness?
Well back to my project. Sitting up top are two boxes. One is Bible Outburst and one is Junior Outburst. I ended up playing Junior Outburst with my great-grand. It will come back inside.
Now I hope this does not sound ugly of me (which it does or I wouldn’t mention it) but I don’t know anybody who will play Bible Outburst with me. It is not that my family and friends are not as smart as I, but not many know much about Bible trivia. (Carl, if you are reading, consider yourself unchallenged.)
When I was young, our “youth services” were times of Bible stories, who married whom and why, how long they lived, names of kings, prophets, scoundrels, friends of God, disciples, scriptures, memory verses, etc. Now, not much trivia is deemed important. I will not dwell too long on that issue. But I do have an opinion – and I daresay I will point it out before I get through! 😀
I remember when the literature started having “application” as a part of our Bible studies. Probably a smart thing to do. It is not too useful to know Jesus called his disciples “friends” unless one knows why. And along with that is to know how to become a friend of Jesus and what being a friend of Jesus demands of us.
Question. How many know/apply this verse? John 15:14-15 “You are my friends if you do what I command.”
Now my problem is that few churches will get into the area of what Jesus commands of us. Oh, most are very secure in saying that he says to “love one another.” That sounds general enough for most of us to say, “I do that.”
So people exuberantly sing “I am a friend of God.” Do any of these same people call for “sick leave” when Monday morning comes even though they know their headache will go away after they have their coffee? Do they go to work and spend time checking their cell phones on the bosses’ time? Do they stay up too late and lack initiative and motivation on their clock hours? Am I wrong to say that that kind of behavior is not the fruit of a Christian? Nor the fruit of one who “loves” his boss. Do you harbor resentment against that boss who might well spend 14 hours a day keeping a business healthy enough to keep you and others on the payroll? (Or do you work for the government so there is no need for concern? 😀 )
I’m getting too long. Since I “love” you, I’ll stop and come back later. Hope you will come with me! 😀