Practice what You Preach

When I came across these words in Matthew in 23 twice in one day, I felt God was trying to speak to me. But then I fell to thinking about the many phrases from the Bible which we use in every day speech.’Don’t cast your pearls before swine,’ ‘Let the dead bury the dead,’ The first shall be last,’ Physician heal yourself,’ ‘Vengeance is mine’ (misquoted.)

I had a non-Christian relative who was amazed (and horrified) when I told him that when he ‘crossed his fingers’ he was referring to the cross and ‘touching wood’ was again thinking of the cross.

Of course, the Bible also has serious words to say to us as Christians!

In a Group

On a recent coach journey, where I was fortunate enough to have a front seat, I was interested to note that each time a coach passed in the opposite direction, my driver raised his hand in acknowledgement. I realised they all belonged to a special group – coach drivers! They could understand each others highs and lows in a way only they could appreciate.

I’ve noticed similar groupings with railway station staff, tennis players and on a larger scale, football supporters, as well as many other groups. It seems to be a basic human need, to belong.

A significantly larger group are Christians. Wherever we are in the world we can relate to and understand our fellow Christians. I pray this group will greatly increase in size. Anyone can join.

Hallelujah, He is Risen

Easter Sunday has come. Christ is risen. As an advert for a certain sweet says ‘Now it all makes sense.’ The suffering and death of Jesus makes sense. Sin and death have been conquered; not just in our lives as Christians but for the whole world, for all time. That should make us of all men (and women) most happy.

Since that first Easter Sunday there has been hope, there has been purpose in life. No longer is the grave our destination. Our hearts sing and we are happy. But we so long for everyone to grasp the truth, to know the power of sins forgiven. Christians should sing and dance all day long, but then we remember our unbelieving family, friends and neighbours. We stop our singing and pause in our dance.

As we return from the mountain top into the valley and plains, we pray that the Lord may be able to use our testimony as we go about our daily lives, that others may see our hope and want it for themselves. That is our prayer this Easter Tuesday.