Not The Wrong Number

My 18 year old son, Kyle, had this situation occur to him a few days ago. This is what happened and he wrote about it.

Yesterday I got this call from a random person.
Apparently he got the number wrong. Normally I would just ignore things like this. But he left this message saying that he was trying to contact his mom. I could tell by the sound of his voice that he was a full grown man.

So I felt it necessary to call him and inform him that he probably shouldn’t be expecting a call back from this number. He apologized and said you know the thing is. I’m about to go into surgery. Then he says so if I called you it was purely by accident.

Then I simply replied to him I don’t think it was an accident. I said this may seem a little weird. But do you believe in God? He replied to me that he did. So I said then we’re praying right now.

So I began to pray for him on the spot not knowing anything about him the mistakes that he made the regrets that he has or the victories he has accomplished. But I knew that God knew his name and knew every part of this situation.

Afterwards he thanked me and told me that I made a difference that I could never know. And I simply replied to him it’s no big deal it’s what the church is supposed to do.

As a human being I understand that it is necessary to have a healthy body you must exercise and have a proper eating habit. As a martial artist I understand that practice makes perfect. When you practice a specific skill you become competent in that skill. When you possess the competence of the skill it reaps confidence.

If you are apart of the church and the church is the body of Christ I must ask you this question. As the body of Christ do you exercise exercising is the means of tearing down a muscle so that it will build back up stronger. Christ is the coach so when he wants you to exercise do you do it? Do you as the body of Christ practice what the coach wants you to practice.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. – Mark 16:15
So the question is do you practice what you preach? As the body of Christ do you have a proper eating habit? In other words do you monitor what you listen to what you watch where you go? What is it that you let influence you?
Now I am not the judge. But I think it’s high time we put the money where our mouth is.

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Acts 8:1, 4 The Benefit of Persecution

“And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.” “Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” Acts 8:1, 4

Stephen had just been stoned to death for his belief in and his talking about Jesus. A man named Saul is suddenly brought on to the scene. He will show up more later. After the death of Stephen, open persecution of Christians started. Those that were persecuted were scattered all over Judea and Samaria. Wherever they were scattered they started preaching the gospel message.

When Jesus walked on the earth he had preached His message only in a small area in Israel. He did not go outside of the area of Israel. Nor did He get to every town and village in Israel.

All those who believed in Jesus stayed where they were. There was no reason to leave. That is until the persecution started up. The people moved away to get away from the persecution.

As they moved away they brought the gospel message to more people. Instead of staying in a tight closed circle, that circle broadened to include many new areas and people. The persecution allowed the gospel message to be brought to more people.

God uses everything for the good of His people. This means even the bad things in life. God used the persecution to spread His message of love.

You may not be in severe persecution that threatens your life, but you may go through difficult times that move you somewhere else. These movements allow you the chance to bring the gospel message to new people. These movements may be in a physical moving, or a job change, or a sickness, or many other things.

When persecution happens you must look at it as an opportunity to be a witness for Jesus in a new way. Yes, persecution is bad and no one wants it, however God can use it.

Are you willing to be used by God? Are you making the most of every opportunity? Or are you bitter and angry with God for your situation? Jesus went through extreme persecution to bring you salvation, what less should you do for others?

I pray today that God will show you ways to be His witness; that God will strengthen you to be His witness; that you will use every opportunity to be His witness; that God will strengthen you in times of persecution; and that God’s kingdom will grow greater.