Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Different Kind of Day

My friend, a pastor of an inner city church, never met a stranger.  He continually invited people to participate in his church.  They were clothed and fed . . . but more than that . . .they were invited to do life together.   Some people live on the outside . . . but God invites us to something more . . . to enter into an engaged-ongoing-participating-active relationship with Him.

Luke, the author of Acts, wrote about a beggar. A man who had never walked . . . begged for his living outside of the temple . . . beside the gate where people entered to pray. 
He had never entered in: One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.  Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 
Peter looked straight at him, as did John.
Then Peter said, "Look at us!"
So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Acts 3:1-5

The beggar, who had never walked, positioned himself at the beautiful gate, where people entered into the temple.   It was an ordinary day for him.  He did the same thing he always did; however, this would be a different kind of day. It would be the kind of day that would change his life forever. 
God shifted the universe to put his plan into action..At 3 PM Peter and John were going to the temple, the time for evening prayer.  When the beggar saw them, he asked for money.  And they looked at the beggar.  Certainly, they saw more . . . the presence, power and peace of Christ.
The beggar was positioned at the gate of the temple, but did not enter in to experience the power of God.  Even so, God had something more for him. . . it was  different kind of day. 

Where are you positioned . . . outside . . . or have you entered into an engaged-ongoing-participating-active relationship with Him?  What more does God have for you?  

Choose to go beyond the gate . . . enter into a different kind of day in the presence of God . . . receive what God has for you through an authentic relationship..
Learning with you to KICK START the day . . . a different kind of day.
                                      Pastor Kerrie

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