To have the right papers
I wonder how it would feel if someone told you that you weren’t allowed to eat certain food or go to certain places because your mom and dad did not have the right papers. Your friends can go wherever they like, but you can only play with them in certain places. I can see myself hanging on to the fence, looking at my friends, so upset that they can go in, but not me.
In a way this must have been what it was like for people who weren’t Jews, who weren’t part of the people of Israel. The Jews had everything. God favoured his people and the non-Jews had to miss out, simply because their …
When someone knocks
Piet tells this story:
I see myself as always being available for God and that is why so many people have come to me for assistance, especially the past 15 years. If we are on the lookout and live in touch with the will of God, we quickly realise when God wants us to do something. God simply wants us to sow the seed; He will do the rest, because He knows more!
About six years ago there was another knock on the door – something that I’ve become used to, since God has sent so many people to me without appointment (sometimes even three a day, and there’s never any conflict!) simply to …
Back to God’s drawing board
These past few days we’ve been confronted with our own responsibility in respect of our faith in God. Paul shows us a template of a true child of God and we have to see whether or not we fit into that template.
25When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God’s way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth. Looking back on your life, would this verse bear testimony to your life? Do you use every last bit of energy for the Kingdom of God?
I suspect most of us wouldn’t fit this template. We are so busy with our lives out there in …
Smiling in your struggles
I walked out of church. The minister had talked about the desert where we sometimes find ourselves. We all end up in the desert at one time or another and it is not an enjoyable experience. The minister said that in the desert God cut off all those things that weren’t part of his plan for me. We must remember that God would never leave us and that the Promised Land was waiting on the other side of the desert. This all makes sense.
He then said another thing and that is that we had to praise and worship Him like David, in the desert as well. But even more, we had to praise and worship Him …