I wondered if this man was an angel, really. I know. He wasn’t, but I thought what he said was so on point that heaven surely dispatched him just for me. A few days earlier, he left a message regarding his personal subscription, but I hesitated to call back.
“Great,” I thought, “what now?”
I hoped that he didn’t have a subscription problem for me to troubleshoot. Turns out, he didn’t.
As a long-time recipient of Message, he wanted to subscribe, just in case his Message benefactor stopped subscribing for him. And, he wanted to subscribe so he wouldn’t miss an issue. When he told the dear sister in the church what he was doing, however, she wouldn’t have it.
“I want to do this for you,” she told him.
“I’m not a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church,” he said, “but I’m an admirer of the faith. I live like one.” He was referring to the health message. “Adventists, as a sect, have the healthiest record of all.”
Like Apples of Gold
Here’s what buoyed my spirit and steeled my nerves. It’s all about relationships, he said. He loves the brother and sister who send him Message, and they love him. As a result he has been open to receiving and reading Message, and the message inside it.
“Everyone who has experienced God’s grace, has an obligation to pass it on,” he said, quoting Eugene Peterson. And for the next two hours, this angel of a man guided me through a well-oiled Bible discourse on what it means to share and bear each other up, seriously.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 asks us to edify one another.
- Isaiah 1:18, says for us to come together and reason with one another.
- Colossians 1:12 encourages us to always give thanks to God who allowed us the inheritance of the saints of light.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:21 reminds us to hold fast to that which is good.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us to pray without ceasing.
- 1 Peter 4:10, calls for anyone who has received the gift “to minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
- Colossians 3:12 invites us to extend mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and longsuffering.
- Colossians 3:23 says whatever we do, we should do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.
- Psalms 84:10 reminds us to cherish whatever small part we can plan. After all “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
- Titus 2:7 insists, finally, that “[i]n all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity.
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