Included in this week’s issue:
Becoming the Very Children of God
God tells us this can be true of us – “You have received the Spirit of adoption of sons. The Spirit bears witness that we are children of God.”
The Important Influence of Charity and Kindness
Harry Chadwick, who was a leading professor of Church History at Cambridge, tells us this about the nature of the early Christians in the first decades after Christ’s death and resurrection in his excellent history of the early church.
“The practical application of charity was probably the most potent single cause of Christian success. The pagan comment ‘See how they love one another’ was not irony. Christian charity expressed itself in care for the poor, for widows and orphans, visits to the brethren in prison…and in social action in time of calamity like famine, earthquake, pestilence or war.”
“See how they love one another.” Is that what people see of us today? We should work to be faithful to our past in this regard as well as to Christ’s command to us to do so.
Wait for God to Answer the Door
D. L. Moody reminds in his devotional Thoughts for the Quiet Hour, that when we ask God for something, to meet some critical need in our lives, we must be as diligent and expectant in waiting for the answer as we are in seeking it.
“Our prayers often resemble the mischievous tricks of town children, who knock at their neighbor’s houses and then run away; we often knock at Heaven’s door and then run off into the spirit of the world; instead of waiting for entrance and answer, we act as if we were afraid of having our prayers answered.”