Be Ready to Move

Today’s Journey Through Scripture readings: Job 17-19; Acts 10:1-23

There was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion in the Italian Company. He and his whole household were pious, Gentile God-worshippers. He gave generously to those in need among the Jewish people and prayed to God constantly. One day at nearly three o’clock in the afternoon, he clearly saw an angel from God in a vision. The angel came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

Startled, he stared at the angel and replied, “What is it, Lord?”

The angel said, “Your prayers and your compassionate acts are like a memorial offering to God. Send messengers to Joppa at once and summon a certain Simon, the one known as Peter. He is a guest of Simon the tanner, whose house is near the seacoast.” When the angel who was speaking to him had gone, Cornelius summoned two of his household servants along with a pious soldier from his personal staff. He explained everything to them, then sent them to Joppa. (Acts 10:1-8, Common English Bible).

I can’t help it. I believe God still speaks to us. I know there are others like me. I know there are those who carry this idea even further than I, though I will never deny God can and quite possibly does speak to us in individual and clear ways. If God is omnipotent and omnipresent, God is all around us and God can speak to us in any way God might choose to speak to the likes of us.

The bigger question, to my way of thinking, is when God speaks, particularly when we know God is speaking to us, how do we respond? Do you remember when Jesus encountered this guy with lots of stuff?  This guy knows who Jesus is. He acknowledges as much when he asks Jesus what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him to obey the law and he says he already does that. You can almost hear him, “What else do I need to do Jesus? What? What? What?”

Jesus’ response? “Dude, take all you have, go and sell it, give the money to the poor and come and follow me.” The guy doesn’t respond even with God speaking to him and telling him what he needs to do, he is actually going to do the exact opposite. That is what happened, he went away sad because he had so many possessions.

Of course, this blog is not about our possessions. Well, at least it isn’t about that today. The blog is about how we respond when God speaks to us. In the lesson, Cornelius recognizes that God is speaking through the angel, wanting the groundwork done for a meeting between Cornelius and Peter. And, Cornelius responded. As soon as the angel was gone Cornelius sent to servants and a soldier.

“Well, preacher, the lesson says Cornelius was a pious man. It is easier for someone pious to know an angel when they see one or to know when God is speaking to them.”

That may be true but I don’t think so. Part of the call for you and I is to be awake and alert to the voice of God, which can come to us in many different ways. Then, when we hear God speak, to be ready with our response.

God loves us and God does for us. The things God does for us are not something we can buy, but free gifts. Therefore that response, it isn’t paying for services rendered (by God), it is a response we give as a thanks offering to God for the blessings God has shared with us.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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