Friday, June 06, 2008

MARGIES BIMS

BUILDING BRIDGES- ACTS 9:17-27**********

A NEW BELIEVER IN CHRIST RECENTLY ATTENDED A WORSHIP SERVICE. HE HAD LONG MULTICOLORED, SPIKED HAIR. HE DRESSED IN DARK CLOTHES AND HAD MULTIPLE PIERCINGS AND TATTOOS.

SOME GAPED; OTHERS JUST GAVE HIM THAT "IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU IN CHURCH. BUT PLEASE DON'T SIT NEXT TO ME" SMILE. YET THERE WERE SOME DURING THE GREETING TIME WHO WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO WELCOME AND ACCEPT HIM. THEY WERE BRIDGE BUILDERS.

BARNABAS WAS THAT BRIDGE BUILDER FOR SAUL (ALSO CALLED PAUL). WHEN SAUL ARRIVED IN JERUSALEM 3 YEARS AFTER HIS CONVERSION, MANY DISCIPLES WERE AFRAID OF HIM AND DOUBTED HIS TRANSFORMATION.

HE DIDN'T RECEIVE A WARM WELCOME FROM THE JERUSALEM CHURCH GREETERS FOR GOOD REASON. SAUL HAD A TERRIBLE REPUTATION FOR PERSECUTING CHRISTIANS! BUT BARNABAS, A JEWISH CONVERT, BELIEVED GOD'S WORK OF GRACE IN SAUL'S LIFE AND BECAME A BRIDGE BETWEEN HIM AND THE APOSTLES.

SAUL NEEDED SOMEONE TO COME ALONGSIDE HIM TO ENCOURAGE AND TEACH HIM, AND TO INTRODUCE HIM TO OTHER BELIEVERS. BARNABAS WAS THAT BRIDGE. AS A RESULT, SAUL WAS BROUGT INTO DEEPER FELLOWSHIP WITH THE DISCIPLES IN JERUSALEM AND WAS ABLE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL THERE FREELY AND BOLDLY. NEW BELIEVERS NEED A BARNABAS IN THEIR LIVES. WE ARE TO BE A BRIDGE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS.

OH, I WOULD BE TO OTHERS
A CHEERING RAY OF LIGHT,
]NSPIRING THEM WITH COURAGE
TO CLIMB SOME NEWFOUND HEIGHT!

BE A BRIDGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO SOMENE TODAY AND SEE WHERE THE LORD TAKES YOU TO NEW HEIGHTS. I HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

HAVE A HAPPY, BLESSED DAY*************
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