Perception

Is not this the man who made havoc…?  Acts 9:19b-31  It was a curious turn of events indeed. The disciples in Damascus just couldn’t believe it. How is it possible that one who openly disdained “the way” could now be it’s biggest defender of the gospel? I’m sure we all know someone (including our selves) from the past, doing something today we never thought we’d see them doing.  God at work has no respect of person, shows no favors and wills to take hold of the heart of whomever the Spirit chooses.  The fact that the Spirit moves the way it does, is I believe a good thing, otherwise it might not choose any one of us. God knows the heart even as the head has not yet figured it out. The only people we limit with our mis-perceptions is our selves. Thankfully, it’s not possible to limit God and people like Paul, you and I are lifted to do the work of the Gospel in spite of what others perceive of us – what we perceive of others – or what we perceive of our selves.

No Perpetrating

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them.”  Matthew 6:1-6,16-18  It is often believed that with authority comes privilege, a special right, advantage or immunity, granted or available only to a particular person or group. We experience in our own society how others fuse so closely with their earthly authority (power to give orders, make decisions and enforce obedience) they forget God’s authority and their spiritual reverence for God’s commandment to love. I have come to understand that with authority comes responsibility. As believers our authority is in Christ who by example has shown us our responsibility to true reverence for the sake of God’s glory and not our own. It is not required to put on a show so that others can see how much we love God. God knows within the heart of his own, and already knows how much we love him. With God there is no perpetrating.

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