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Arrange The Meeting

17 May

A post from several years ago about sharing Christ.

40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). John 1:40-42

Denzel Washington is one of my favorite all time actors and I greatly enjoy watching his movies.  Several years ago he made a movie entitled Man On Fire, in which he is hired to protect a young girl in Mexico City from the ring of kidnappers terrorizing Americans in the area.  She is eventually kidnapped and he subsequently goes on a rampage to find her and bring all those responsible for the kidnapping to justice.  While he is doing this he goes into the apartment of an elderly couple to use their window to shoot a missile at a motorcade.  As he is setting up the shoulder canon the aged gentleman tells him that at the church they say you should forgive people.  Denzel looks straight at him, and says, “Forgiveness is God’s business; my job is to arrange the meeting.”

I remember the first time I saw this movie in the theater, I was immediately like, whoa that is it, that is what the Christian life is all about.  We are to spend our time and our energy arranging for all of our friends and family to meet with God.

This is what Andrew is up to in this passage.   In fact it is what Andrew is up to all throughout the Bible.  Andrew is mentioned nine times in the Gospels, and once in the book of Acts.  Out of these ten times being mentioned, three times are within the lists of disciples, and in six of the remaining seven times Andrew is seen bringing people to Jesus.  He continually arranged meetings for his brother, or a friend, or a random person on the street to meet Jesus.

It has long been a custom in diplomatic state relations for a new foreign minister or ambassador to wait to meet the leader of the country to which they are sent.  They are to wait on a formal introduction by an intermediary.  Perhaps it is an official from another country that is known to each.  This individual, known to each, is to decide the best timing for the two to sit down and talk and to come to know one another.

Today, you and I are that other state official for all of our family and friends to bring them to the table with Jesus.  We are to broker the meeting and make it happen.  We do not have to wait on the perfect time, because that time is now.  I admonish you to leave His footprints today by bringing others to Him.

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Life

 

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