To Be Memorized 060612
Sometimes, one has to wonder what it is that leads people to God, and leads people to Jesus. Even in my personal situation, I sometimes retrace my steps, trying to decide what lead me to Jesus, and I confess: I couldn’t see it coming!
To sure, we men like to think we chose, and made a decision, but sometimes being a believer and a disciple seems more like God chose me, and not the other way around.
Of course, God offers knowledge and love, I think, to all disciples. But at some point there was still a small event, or an insignificant person, who led me back to God by their smile, their hand offered to me, and rarely, by their words.
Instead, it was more like Mark 4: 21He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand?
On every occasion, when I retrace all my spiritual questions, all my spiritual feelings, all my spiritual study, I find a single person who with their presence next to me, led me forward. I do not recall in a single instance where someone’s words led me forward. Instead, it was their spirit that was like a light. I don’t even know if these people knew they were a ‘light’ for me, but they were, and they didn’t have to say a word. In fact, if they knew they were a light for me, at least one of them would apologize for being so arrogant as to act like a ‘light’.
But Christians in general and Christian Mennonites are a funny lot. The best one to be friends with is the church janitor, or the quiet lady who dishes out food at the church potluck dinner. They are like lamps, and like lamps do not realize how brightly they shine.
For us, the ancient words of Numbers may help to let our light shine. Memorize Numbers 6 (below): 24The Lord bless you and keep you; 25the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 26the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
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1The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.
3May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah
4May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.
5May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
6Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.
7Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
8They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.
9Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.
22The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, 24The Lord bless you and keep you; 25the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 26the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. 27So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.
21He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? 22For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 23Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” 24And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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