Monday, October 20, 2008

Joel or Peter?

a Biblical thought...
"He will answer them, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.' (Matt 25:45)

a Book thought...
If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you. (p224 MacKenzie)
a Dave thought...
Many years ago I heard a sermon from Kevin Gerald asking us if we are more like Joel or Peter? He went on to explain how many of us like Joel are spirit focused and love the emotion of the worship time and the music but don't always weigh up their feelings with God's truth, so when the word is opened they often fall asleep before waking up for the last few songs. On the other hand others are like Peter, the rock and are so focused on the word that they may miss what the spirit is saying to them, and that during the worship service they can't wait for the songs to finish and the sermon to begin.

I must admit to being a Peter and the fact that I like listening to sermons. Not just for the message God may be relaying through any given person but I also like to analyse why and how a message is conveyed. The advantage of being a Peter is you can arrive late and not be disappointed as you are still there in time for the main event, unlike Joel's who have to turn up on time and stay till the very end to get their fix. Seriously though it often means that I think and critique too much and being unemotional very rarely get moved during a service. The challenge for all of us is to be what God has in mind, both worshippers and students of the word. So from now on I will try and get to church on time and any Joel's out there can you please stay awake during the preach?

Just a thought.

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