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 Vol. 3, No. 6 

Page 16

June, 2001

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Editor's Note

Open the Door

By Judy Corns

Individual Christians should forget mistakes and successes. Just say as Paul said: "this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14). Leave the past behind; expect to reach out for bigger and better deeds to achieve! However, never forget the prize.

Christians are the light of the world and cannot hide under a bushel. We are the example Christ depends on. "Be ye a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people" (1 Peter 2:9). These are very beautiful words to the Christian. It discloses how much God loves us. He chose us out from the world to make of us a peculiar people. We are to praise and honor our Lord.

Moses heard the Lord tell the Israelites, "If ye will obey my voice indeed . . . Ye shall be a peculiar treasure . . . a holy nation" (Exodus 19:6). The people were simply asked to obey the Lord. Out of Egypt, Moses watched over the peculiar treasure God placed under his care. Those people were direct ancestors of the Son of God. The Lord had appointed a time for Jesus to be born. The most important family ever to exist was the unique family of Joseph and Mary. Within it was the treasure of treasures, Jesus! He was the Light to the world, the blood sacrifice of its sins, and he loved the world enough to innocently die that we may have life! A life everlasting! The Light still shines for all to see. Is our light shining in this dark, distorted nation that will not hear the Word of God? Are we as peculiar people living as the example, as a holy nation living as the called out -- "out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9)?

We are the latest generation to be called his peculiar people! We should be about our Father's business. At the tender age of twelve, Jesus stood up and taught in the Temple! Since we became Christians, how much of our time has been spent teaching others? Just thought I would ask.

Jesus sent his disciples out two by two. They were to return unto Jesus and they "told him all things" (Mark 6:31). Jesus gives us instructions. Pray. Study the Scripture. Do the homework, then plant the seed. God will nourish it as he sees fit. It is as simple as that!

Go prepared of mind to give yourself entirely. Ask of the Great Shepherd, believing a door will open! If we are faithful servants, there will be much expected of us. "For unto whomever much is given, of him shall much be required" (Luke 12:48). The disciples did not rest on laurels! What we say or do after the door is opened is significant. The more we prepare to shine our lights, the brighter the lights will become. Expect much. "Lift up your eyes, and look . . ." (John 4:35). Seeds need water. The work has just begun! Christ could be waiting to quietly step across the threshold. This is the true harvest and glory is given only to God!

Trim your light if it has gone dim. Prepare to meet a new face. Remember who you are. How long will Christ wait? Could you go and teach, visit and tell others of Jesus? Is the question really this? Today, is our mission; is our ambition to help open the door?

Copyright 2001 Louis Rushmore. All Rights Reserved.
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