Your Story

Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him…the people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted. Acts 20:9-12

After Paul healed Eutychus, he had quite the story to tell! The details of the account are humorous to even the most interesting of preachers. Eutychus is happy. The town is happy.  And Paul went on to preach until daylight.

But the interesting part of this story for me is that one young man named Eutychus has a grand story that will stay with him for the rest of his life. It’s his experience with the man Jesus. Certainly Paul was God’s instrument to heal but it’s Eutychus’ story. (Presumably Paul had many similar stories to tell throughout his ministry).

At the end of the day, we each have a story to tell. Some of the stories are vibrant and fascinating; others are not so grandiose but still valid. When you are discussing religion with others and seem like you’re against the wall, remember this: you have a story to tell. Tell it. It’s yours and no one else’s.

Like the man that Jesus healed, “Good man or bad, I don’t know. But one thing I know: Once I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25

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No Other Options

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14

‘Word on the street’ says that Christianity is exclusive. Well, according to the two verses above, the ‘word on the street’ is absolutely correct. Being exclusive is not always a bad thing. Those of us who follow Christ want others to “join” that exclusive club and do what they can to help facilitate that. But make no mistake, the Kingdom of Heaven is exclusively reserved for those who have entered through the narrow gate.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. That’s intentionally exclusive. And it’s very clear how to get to the Father: through the Son.

There’s one thing in this life that I will not keep an ‘open mind’ about: how to get to the Father. There are just no other options.

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Attitude Adjustment

Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus… Philippians 2:5

It’s a humbling thought, isn’t it? The King of the Universe came down to be with us. God the Son ate and worked and played with people like us. Why? Why? Why do you suppose He left the glories of Heaven to “stoop to our level”? Why was it so important that the Son of God would take on flesh and blood to be like us? In today’s vernacular, it would be “what was He thinking?”

Scripture goes on to state that he “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.” He came as a servant, served humanity like no one has ever done before or since, then died a servant’s death – on a wicked cross.

Servanthood comes in all forms these days, much as it did in Jesus’ day. Putting others first, that’s Biblical servanthood. The verses prior to Philippians 2:5 gives us this admonition: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.

I still am baffled about why Jesus left the Splendor of Heaven to be with us. Of course, I know the theological reasons: to save humanity from itself and from the punishment of eternal damnation, but why?

What had we done that was worth saving?

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