|Vol. 1, No. 7||Page 8||July 1999|
We Need More Mnasons
By Mark McWhorter
There is another person who gave of what he had that many people do not know. His name was Mnason. Mnason was a very wealthy man. He was a citizen of Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. He also had a home in Jerusalem.
Mnason was one of the first people converted to Christ when the church was established. He was a dedicated Christian.
In Acts 21, we read about Paul being told by Agabus, the prophet, that if he went to Jerusalem he would be taken captive and delivered to the Gentiles. Those with Paul in Caesarea tried to talk him out of going to Jerusalem. But Paul could not be convinced not to go.
Mnason was present when the prophecy was made. He knew that there were great dangers ahead for anyone in company with Paul in Jerusalem. But not only did Mnason go with him, Mnason had Paul and all of those with him stay at his house in Jerusalem.
Mnason not only was willing to put his possessions to work for the Lord, but he was also willing to put his life on the line. Mnason had no way of knowing whether he also would be imprisoned with Paul. But he was willing to stand for the truth and was willing to support those who stood for the truth.
Are you willing to stand for the truth? Or are you even scared to talk to a classmate about God?
We need more individuals like Mnason. Individuals who have courage and who act on their convictions.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the sweethearts who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present!!
They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their heart to us. Show your friends how much you care.
A True Friend
I stand in Judgment now,
You knew the Lord in truth and glory,
Though we lived together on the earth,
You taught me many things, that's true,
We walked by day and talked by night,
Yes, I called you a "friend" in life,