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Jesus said,”Follow me”……..Who are you following?

I  just haven’t had time to sit down and blog for some time now. Life is busy and I find little space for those things I would like to do! Anyhow….I have found a few old bits and pieces that I think are worth blogging and will endeavour to post a few as the weeks roll by. I am not sure where they all originated from but they are little golden nuggets to ponder.

Br. Michael Daly. C.J.

October 2012. Bexhill-on-Sea

The following story is reported to be true:

A new young missionary went to Venezuela for the first time. He was struggling with the language and didn’t understand a whole lot of what was going on. Intending to visit one of the local churches, he got lost, but eventually got back on track and found the place. Having arrived late, the church was already packed. The only pew with a seat open was one on the front row.

 So as not to make a fool of himself, this young missionary decided to pick someone out of the crowd to imitate. He chose to follow the man sitting next to him on the front row. As they sang, the missionary tried to follow along. When the man stood up to pray, the young missionary  stood up to pray. When the man sat down, he sat down. When the man took the cup and bread he took the cup and bread. During the preaching, the young missionary didn’t understand a thing. He just sat there and tried to look like the other man on the front row.

As the service was drawing to a close he perceived that the preacher was giving announcements. People clapped, so he looked to see if the man next to him was clapping. He was, and so the young missionary clapped too. Then the preacher said some words that he didn’t understand and he saw the man next to him stand up. So he stood up, too. Suddenly a hush fell over the entire congregation. A few people gasped. He looked around and saw that nobody else was standing, so he sat down.

After the service ended, the preacher stood at the door shaking the hands of those who were leaving. When the young missionary stretched out his hand to greet the preacher, the preacher said, in English: “I take it you don’t speak Spanish.”

The young missionary replied: “No I don’t. Is it that obvious?”

“Well yes,” said the preacher, “I announced that the Acosta family had a newborn baby boy and would the proud father please stand up.”

There is nothing wrong with imitating godly men and women, but we need to be careful who we imitate and follow, and to what extent. Even the apostle Paul was careful to limit those who sought to follow him:

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1)

Follow the example of those you know who are living godly lives, but be sure to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus as the ultimate standard. Otherwise, you may find yourself standing when you ought to be sitting!

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October 23, 2012 - Posted by | Thoughts

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