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” what does god need with a starship?”

In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Capt Kirk interrupts a conversation between Spock’s half brother, Sybok,  and an entity he believes to be god. The entity wants to take control of the Starship Enterprise to deliver his message to all the universe. Kirk interrupts by asking the obvious question –

“uhhh, Excuse me, but what does god need with a starship?”

Well, we all know that God, the real and only One True God, does NOT need a Starship but I site this as an example of how foolish some thoughts about God can be. God does not need any means of transportation. He does not need a home or a bed to rest His head. He does not need anything at all. Another thing we misguidedly think God needs but doesn’t is a defender!

It is true that many wars and crusades have taken place in God’s name. Families have been divided and people have died for the cause of defending God. Although Jesus told us that He would cause such divisions nowhere does He tell us to Go, force Christianity down all the worlds throat and if they don’t believe – kill them!

He did, however, tell us to –

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16 NKJV

and when He sent the 12 out Jesus instructed them

 “Stay at one home in each village—don’t shift around from house to house while you are there,” he said. 11 “And whenever a village won’t accept you or listen to you, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave; it is a sign that you have abandoned it to its fate.” Mark 6:10-12 TLB

So, we are in fact called to be witnesses of God. Giving testimony to what the Lord has done for us and how our lives have been positively affected by His Love. We are supposed to be salt, light and a city on a hill. Our lives should exemplify the teachings of Christ. That is enough for us to accomplish.

When we are confronted by those who do not believe we should not attempt to convert them or change them. Jesus said that we should be witnesses nothing more. I can tell you what I believe based on my own experience – that’s all. I have done my job. The Word of God tells us that one man plants a seed, another waters that seed but it is the Lord that gives the increase.

I, myself, vehemently opposed hearing the testimonies of believers when I was a lost defiant young man. I wouldn’t say that I didn’t believe in a god – I just didn’t believe in the God of the Bible. I certainly didn’t need to follow whatever God YOU were selling! I was lost in my sin and blinded from the truth. God in His Love opened my eyes and delivered me from my own foolishness.

So, the next time you are standing across from someone who is certain that you are a fool for believing in Jesus and the Bible, try to remember that they are not your enemy and you are not God’s Defender.  God had a plan for me that was revealed in His time and He has a plan for everyone which will be completed – In His Timing

Live Love Pray

Live your life to the glory of God

Love your neighbor as yourself

Pray for the lost like their life depends on it

Sing and dance and laugh and hope

because you are blessed and highly favored

and remember God will defend Himself

and make all His enemies His footstool

Thank you for stopping by and be Blessed, Al

 

Ps – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is a 1989 American science-fiction film released by Paramount Pictures and is copyright protected and used here as editorial reference only.

The Painter and the Mouse

I backed my van into the driveway next to a similar looking work truck. It had a sign on it advertising a nationwide paint brand and the name of a local painter. At the open back doors of this dusty van stood a small group of construction workers huddled around one guy sitting with something in his lap. Of course I had to see what was up. I drew close and heard one guy ask “Is it dead?” “well, it’s not moving.” answer another guy hammer and tool belt in hand. “no, no no. He’s just cold.” stated the big-fisted guy sitting with a shallow box on the lap of his white painter pants. Inside the box was a thumb-sized lump of grey in the form of a mouse. “you can see that he is breathing so he ain’t dead!” continued the caretaker as he fashioned a bed out of a clean rag around the little guy. As the group dispersed to get on with the remodeling project you could here them talking amongst themselves about the plight of this little creature who was clearly hanging on to life. Being the last to arrive I was the last to leave the scene but not before the painter looked away from his charge to sadly confess, “I almost stepped on him as I unload my truck. He’s cold and hunger and I just had to do something for him.”

The whole event was a study in contrasts. This burly guy and his huge truck compared with this tiny mouse and a cigar box makeshift bed. This business owner with a big life full of responsibilities and concerns compared to this new born rodent with only one worry – survive.

Not knowing the painter I would not speculate on his motivation for showing such concern for the mouse. Yet, I came away wondering if this act was what Jesus had in mind when He said – Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to ever creature. Mark 16:15 KJV

With Resurrection Sunday behind us and Mothers Day and Graduations coming up quickly it’s easy to just get on with life as usual. Even the Disciples went back to fishing before Jesus “sent them” with His mountain top speech prior to His Ascension. and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b HCSB or, if I may paraphrase – you will show Me to those in your city, your State, the States around yours and even the entire world.

Really?! But how? By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35 KJV

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As Spring rolls into Summer and Easter fades with the business of life – keep in mind – Jesus said – GO!