“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by a reporter for the Framingham TAB. He did a story about bloggers from Framingham. The reporter asked me what I write about and I rattled off a list. If you read this regularly you know I write about anything and everything.
“So then, it’s secular stuff?” he asked.
I guess he expected every entry to be a Bible commentary or a sermon. I told him that while I usually include a Bible verse with each posting, 90% of what I write is strictly secular.
Well, today’s is not. Today’s is 100% evangelical Christian and Bible-based. I hope that doesn’t turn you off. This blog should show you that “born-again Christians” and ministers are just like everybody else. Sometimes our cars won’t start. Sometimes our toilets malfunction. Sometimes we get stuck in airports (like I did last week). Sometimes we’re in rotten moods, like I was on Monday. Most of us watch American Idol when it’s on. I’m not a big sports person, but I really like the Patriots. All of that stuff is what I’m about. The biggest thing I’m about is my relationship with God. I know that as soon as you say that, some people think you’re a fanatic or a nut. I think, however, a person is very foolish to NOT think about God and eternity.
One of the worst problems with Christianity (honestly) is the Christians! Some of them are real beauts! There’s a tall brunette woman about 55 from here in Framingham who looks mentally ill and shrieks “Praise you JESUS!” in public. Whether you’re a Christian, an atheist, or what, if you get cornered by her, it’s a pretty miserable experience. She’ll rattle off more Bible verses than the Apostle Paul, and try to convince you that you’re about to go on a toboggan slide to Hell. She’s done more harm to evangelism in MetroWest than anyone else I can think of! Then there are the Christian businesspeople who rip people off. I’m sorry to say, it happens. It gets very embarrassing. In spite of “God’s flaky puffs” as a pastor friend of mine used to call them, my experience is that at least 50% of born-again Christians are very sincere, authentic, positive, and good people. But that’s really not the point.
Recently a guy at a classic car show took a very flip attitude with me when he heard I was a minister. He flatly told me he didn’t believe in any of it. He’s one of those, “When you die, you die, and that’s it” types. He treated me with disdain. Oh, well. It happens. But think about it. What if death ISN’T all there is? What if there is something in the spiritual realm beyond the grave? What if we really do give an account to God?
Listen, it’s more than a “What if?”. I’ve witnessed amazing things done by God. For example, about five years ago, my sister and I were meeting with my tax accountant about settling my parents’ estate. He had just been through a bout with cancer. I asked him how he was doing.
“Not good,” he told us, “the cancer is back. As soon as I finish up you’re appointment, I’m going over to be admitted to the Norwood Hospital.” I asked if my sister and I could lay hands on him and pray for him. My motives were pretty selfish. I did NOT want him to die in the middle of this estate settlement procedure (which took over a year). We laid hands on him and prayed. A few months later, I called him to schedule my regular annual tax appointment. I asked him how he was feeling. He was very excited!
“I’m totally healed! I’m cancer free!” he said, and had no doubt he had experienced a miracle. If you doubt this story, contact me, and I’ll give you his name and phone number so you can check it out.
That’s only one of many stories. God is real. There’s a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. I challenge you. If you’re NOT a born-again Christian, pick up a New Testament. Start reading it every day. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. See what happens after a few weeks. I’m telling you SOMETHING will happen! If you ARE a born-again Christian but you’re just kind of wishy-washy and not really committed, well this is a good time of year to get with it. Put GOD first in everything you do. Take seriously the message of Psalm 1. Don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly! Delight yourself in the Lord and His Word. Be faithful in personal devotions, in fellowship with other believers, and in sharing your faith.
Well, next time I’ll probably be back to the 90% secular talk, but I hope this has been a help and a blessing.
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