Thursday, April 23rd
I read where a church staff was having their weekly staff meeting. The youth pastor fell asleep in the meeting. So, the pastor retrieved some clothes from their donations closet and laid them on several chairs. The staff exited quietly into the hallway where the music pastor blew a trumpet.
My guess is, the youth pastor managed to stay awake in future staff meetings.
I found that funny (probably more so than I should have). You must admit it was clever.
The bible tells us to stay alert in many ways and for many reasons.
As Christians, we need to be alert inwardly to growing our relationship with Christ. To take the opportunities to study His word. To spend time with God in prayer, not just talking to Him but more importantly listening to Him.
I want to be honest with you (those who know me well, already know this), I am much better at talking than I am at listening. It is a challenge for me to sit quietly still. However, when I manage to do so, it is in those moments that perspective changes, confidence builds, peace and thankfulness flow.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Colossians 16:13
We also need to be alert outwardly to opportunities around us. Opportunities to share our faith, to show kindness and compassion to others. I have mentioned in previous posts the need, especially over the past 5 weeks, for Christians to be steadfast and strong as we navigate through these challenging times. The world is watching and as believers, we need to be solid and steady in our walk with God.
“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
And ultimately, we need to be alert with a watchful eye to the sky. No one knows the day nor hour when Christ will return. However, I believe we can agree as believers, His return is soon and very soon. The unfolding of worldwide events continues to point in that direction at a very rapid pace. We need to be about the Father’s business.
“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28
I’m praying for you and you pray for me that we will stay alert inwardly and outwardly as we press on to run this race until the trumpet blows.
Until next week……. Don’t forget to smile (and wash your hands)! Tammy