Our actions, deeds and conversations reflect our love for God and our concern for others
REV. RUBY ANN DARLING
Published: Aug 01, 2013
Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men. [Acts 24:16]
I opened the door into a beautiful office early one morning to see an attractive, well-groomed young lady sitting on the edge of a chair as if she was sitting on pins. Her shoulder-length processed hair was flawless in a page style. Saying a quick hello I proceeded to the receptionist’s desk and greeted her telling her my reason for being there and who it was that I wished to see.
All this was done but never did she raise her head, so I extended my neck a bit only to see that she was reading her Bible. Then the phone rang and she answered quickly identifying the company and with the dexterity of one seasoned in the profession, made a call to let someone know that a young lady was waiting to see them and then another call to inform the person I had asked for.
The young lady came out to see me and she was as lovely as she was pleasant. Receiving the envelope she told me how excited she was to have met me. Walking over to the lady still sitting in the chair I quietly said, “When was she going to let the person know you were there?”
Adding humor, I told her that perhaps she was too busy in heaven. Leaving, I thanked the receptionist and told her to have a good day.
Too many people these days are too holy for these mundane jobs. If it is left to them, they will read the Bible all day, keep praise and worship, testimony service about what their bishop, preacher and prophet said and did; recite the whole bulletin about who, why, what and when. But the apostle tells us to let all things be done in decency and in order and it is not about being a holy rolle’ all day at the expense of Caesar’s purse; but to be at the workplace, peace in the times of turmoil and a light in the throes of darkness.
In the 24th Chapter of Acts, Ananias the high priest along with some of the elders go to Caesarea to give moral support to the Apostle Paul who is charged before Governor Felix with inciting riots. Since Paul is held without bail, Ananias also brings along the noted lawyer, Tertullus to defend him.
When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix: “We have enjoyed a long period of peace under you, and your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation. Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude. But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.”
Governor Felix motioned for Paul to have his say: “I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation, so I gladly make my defense. You can easily verify that no more than 12 days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
“My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me. However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the law and that is written in the prophets, and herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men.”
God is really depending on us as children of His to so live our lives that we would make heaven glad and others are drawn to know and accept Him. We have to be courteous to others, speak kind words and display positive actions and deeds to all we meet. Many times it is we who are called Christians who are the ones most guilty of being hatemongers, deceivers, tale-bearers and not only sheep stealers but also of the sheep pen. Sometimes the armor bearers become the leaders of spiritual coups.
No, my dear readers, these times in which we live call for us to impact lives rather than impress all and sundry. Emphasis should be placed on not what we are about to receive, but rather what we are about to give. We are still lacking in divine grace when we do not consider the poor and less fortunate among us. It is not enough to live in a mansion while those who surround and support us live in hovels and huts.
Wherever we go it is not to show how loud, boisterous, bellicose and belligerent we can be, but how best in times of distressful situations, we do not lose our saltiness and become offensive. If we follow the path of satan, he will cause us to act everything opposite of what we really are all about. A song we used to sing in Sunday school lingers with me: “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine everywhere I go and I won’t let satan blow it out.”
Help us dear heavenly Father to be always be mindful of whom we are and whose we are, and our actions deeds and conversations reflect our love for you and our concern for others.
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