You are Invited

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you … Matthew 7:17

Today you are invited to consider what you do that you may not enjoy if others did the same to you.  How do you feel about these things? What do you feel about changing your behaviour?  Do you need help?  How can God help you?  How would it affect your relationships with those around you? Speak to God about these things and ask Him to reveal to you anything you need to change in this regard – and how to go about that change.

May God bless you as you listen to Him today.

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You are Invited

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6:1

Today you are invited to consider what God is saying to you through these words. Where may you be practicing ‘righteousness’ so others can see? What could you do to make this a matter that is just between you and God?  How will this change things?  Will it benefit you, others, God?  What blessings do you think may emerge as a result of doing these things in private?

May God bless you as you bless Him today.

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You are Invited

There is a time for everything … Ecclesiastes 3:1

And the time came and went for me to post You are Invited for today!  But even so, you are invited to consider what time it is for you?  What season of your life are you in?  Consider these things and give your thoughts to God.  What does He say to you today?

God bless you!

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You are Invited

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray… 1 John 3:7

Today you are invited to consider what God is saying to you through these words.  Spend time with Him today and listen …

May God bless you as you examine your relationships in His presence.

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Parable People: Jonas’ Story 1

There he was.  The foreigner.  My stomach churned with anger as I watched him.  He was holding down the job I applied for and he took it from me.  This is my city, my land, and I should have that job.  But no – his extra piece of paper from the college he attended and his oh-so-charming smile meant that he is working in the smart office and I am out here on the street in the rain.

But perhaps this was my chance.  He didn’t usually leave his flat at night.  It’s a dangerous neighbourhood and people like him are at risk.  I grew up here.  I know most of the people who live on this street, and can call on friends at any time to come to my aid.

Like now.

I have watched and waited, and when I saw him through the bright window of his flat, pulling on his sweatshirt and drawing the hood up I knew this could be it.

I called Jed and Tom from the pub behind me.  They knew the story and were beside me in an instant.  We watched the doorway of the foreigner’s building and when he came out we followed him without making a sound.  It was something we had practiced often as we relieved people of their bags and wallets on dark nights in quiet places.  We had to make a living somehow and things had not gone well with me since that interview.

The anger seethed inside me.  This one was mine – and this time it would be different.  I fingered the knife in its sheath underneath my jacket.

Different.

We chose our moment well.  He didn’t stand a chance – and was down before he could even cry out in alarm or pain.  Jed and Tom looked at me in horror as I wiped the knife on my victim’s jacket and put it back in its sheath.  I glared at them and they turned and ran, leaving me with the man on the ground. I added a kick in his ribs to the knife injury and the man groaned in pain.

It was time for me to go, but I couldn’t leave.  I had to watch this through to the end.  I slipped round the nearest corner and hid in the shadows.  I watched as the man tried to sit up.  I heard heavy footsteps and risked moving slightly to peer round the corner to see what would happen.  It was Joe.  Joe was tough and there was no love lost between us.  He couldn’t see me as he stopped to look down at the injured man.  I held my breath.  What would Joe do?  But I should have realized that he wouldn’t help the foreigner.  Another well-aimed kick had the man writhing again on the pavement.  Joe laughed and walked away, not looking back till the end of the street when he glanced behind him as if to check that the man was still down.

He was.

More footsteps.  Still the foreigner groaned.  Once again I knew the person hurrying along the street.  This time it was Luigi from the restaurant nearby.  He too stopped when he saw the body ahead of him, but then, looking around like a frightened rabbit, he scurried across the road and broke into a run.

After a few minutes, I was still there, uncertain whether I should finish the job or just leave the man where he was when I heard yet another set of footsteps.  There was a brief pause as the person saw the hunched shape lying in the lamplight.  Whoever it was started running towards the foreigner – towards me – and I shrank back behind my corner.

Then silence.

Once again I peered cautiously round the corner.  A young man was on his hands and knees, talking, talking, and trying to lift the foreigner off the ground.  With a lot of effort he managed to get him standing, and together they struggled down the road towards the pub where I had spent an hour or so with my friends earlier.  Cautiously I followed, curious to see what would happen.  I walked into the pub, trying to look as if I was just a casual patron.  I saw the young man talking to the landlord and giving him some cash – quite a lot of cash as it happens – and together they helped the injured man up the stairs.

I ordered a drink.  I needed one after all that.  And I was keen to find out who this young man was and why he had bothered with the foreigner.  When he came down again I heard him say he would be back in a day or two and then he left.

I followed him.  I don’t quite know why.  I had nothing against him.  My anger against the foreigner was melting away but I was intrigued to find out who this stranger was who had stopped in a dark street on a rainy night to help someone who could have been a decoy to lure him into trouble.

I was quiet, but as he turned through a gate in a street half a mile away from the pub he glanced around.  It was the house next to the church. I think he saw me, even though I tried to look unconcerned as if I was just wandering along minding my own business.  He didn’t acknowledge me, nor make any sign he had noticed me, but I just had a feeling.

Aaron’s Story 1

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You are Invited

Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

Today you are invited to consider when you ‘made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses’. How did you declare your faith to those who were part of your life when you first met Christ? How do you declare it now? When did you last tell others about your relationship with Jesus?  If you have not done so recently, who can you tell? How does the thought of this make you feel? Speak to God about your feelings and ask Him to guide you to the people He wants you to tell.

May God bless you as you share the good news of salvation with others today.

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You are Invited

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2

Today you are invited to consider how your prayer life would change if you devoted yourself to prayer; and how your life would change if you are always watchful and thankful.  What little things would you pray about? What tiny things would you notice and how thankful would you be for them? Ask God to remind you of these words during the course of your day, and then spend some time with Him recalling the little things He brought to your mind.

May God bless you with a watchful and thankful heart and may you spend the day in prayer with Him.

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