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Looking in the Mirror

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 23:11

I just love it when I take stock of my Christian walk, and give myself a pat on the back. An "attaboy" if you will.... Usually, on the heels of that self adulation the Holy Spirit calls me out in a heart beat. He hands me a mirror so, that I can get a long hard look at myself. Will I ever learn??? This past week I bounced into church Sunday, feeling pretty good about myself, and then I heard this teaching.

A portion of it came from Acts 7:60. The religious leaders have cast Stephen out of the city where they stoned him to death. In verse 60, Stephen said "Lord, do not charge them with this sin". In this moment Stephen had compassion for the people who were killing him. As Christians we are called to demonstrate this compassion to the world around us. We are called to have a "heart" for this world. An amplified example of this was Jesus death on the cross for humanity.

It hit me right between the eyes...compassion for the world around us! Stephen had it for his murderers. I took the mirror from the Holy Spirit and had a long, hard look at myself. I was appalled. I can't even have compassion for the guy cutting me off on the freeway, or the checker taking her sweet time checking me out in the market. I grumble to myself, and cast some judgement, the holier than thou kind of judgement.

I'm NOT even persecuted for my faith, let alone at risk of death because of it. I'm just annoyed because these people have unconvinced me. Some how my sight line has gotten shifted. I am looking at myself , when I should be looking to Jesus. Keep my focus on Him. THEN, look at the needy world around me. Then, dig in, and model Jesus love to them, all the while doing it with Stephen's attitude. It's my purpose as a Christian. All of my interactions with the World are a chance to demonstrate this. Rush hour traffic is calling me....the line at the market is an opportunity... I can't wait to get back out there!

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