Way beyond speech

When someone wants to curse someone or something, they use the name of God and the word Damn and then list the desired person or thing. But wait a minute, what about the following verse from the book of Deuteronomy?

Deu 5:11 "'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. English Standard Version
A person's name represents that person; their appearance, character, and really everything about them. So, when someone curses, invoking the name of God they are taking HIM very lightly indeed. God is not to be ignored, trifled with or referred to without respect. So, this commandment goes way beyond speech because in fact it really permeates every aspect of our life. I like what Max T. Neel used to say:"God is closer than hands or feet and nearer than breathing". Because I accept that as truth, I know God is watching what I do and I need to be careful. Respect is respect, and a lack of it has consequences.

Ready to respond

When I left work today I noticed I needed some gas, so I stopped at the Circle K. A very pleasant man came up to me, informing me that there was a problem with the pumps and what I had to do about it. We had a long conversation, which ended with my suggestion that he read the book of Acts. Why, because its always a good idea to start at the beginning and that's where I consider the first century church started. After I left, it occurred to me that it was the most straightforward, plain suggestion I have given in awhile. NOT EVERYTHING IS COMPLICATED; SOME THINGS JUST ARE WHAT THEY ARE AND THAT IS THAT! Please play the video at the top and you will see what I mean. Afterwards, glance at the verses from the book of Matthew and I think you will see the connection.

Mat 19:13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people,
Mat 19:14 but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." ESV

There was a time when we were all young; when the world was new and even the simplest things fascinated us. We were open minded, ready to respond without all the social filters we develop over the years. If we want to follow Jesus, we need to be as genuine as the baby in the video and reach out to Jesus. I think he will reach out to us and when that happens just try to stop smiling, I dare you!

ps. I have been thinking about babies a lot lately as Linda and I will be grandparents to baby number eight in the next few months!!!!!!