February 28, 2022 — Being Prepared for Jerusalem

“We have some neighbors who have traveled a lot,” Stan commented one morning. “With all that’s going on in the world with Covid and the like, they have cut back on their travels, but they did just return from a trip to the Middle East.”

“The Middle East,” I responded. “I’ve always wanted to go there, but it’s a pretty hot spot politically and religiously and I’ve always been a little concerned about going there.”

“Understood,” Stan replied. “I haven’t been there myself for the same reasons, but I hope to get there before I get on the train to glory!”

“Did your neighbors get to Israel and Jerusalem?” I asked.

“They did,” Stan said, “and when they had a group of neighbors over to see their pictures there was an interesting exchange about Jerusalem with one of the neighbors.”

“What’s that?” 

“At one point,” Stan replied, “when we had seen all of the pictures they had taken in Jerusalem, one of the neighbors asked, ‘Do you have any plans to return to Jerusalem?’ And my neighbor had a response that absolutely delighted me!”

“In what way?”

“My neighbor’s response was that he has plans and hopes to go to Jerusalem every day.”

“Every day?” I said. “Is he moving there?”

“Nope,” Stan replied. “What he was talking about was returning to Jerusalem the same way some of the disciples returned to Jerusalem after their encounter with Jesus on the Road to Emmaus.”

“Oh,” I said, “I remember that story. About how some of the disciples were anxious to get back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples what had happened to them when Jesus explained some things they didn’t understand.”

“Exactly,” Stan replied. “And my neighbor took advantage of the opportunity to tell the group that he had the same motivation — to tell others when Jesus shows him something he is to share with others.”

Continuing, he added, “What started out as being a get-together to see some travel pictures turned into a great time of fellowship about sharing the truth of the gospel.”

“Important to take advantage of every opportunity,” I commented. “I never know when those opportunities are going to come up and I need to be prepared.”

“That’s it!” Stan exclaimed. “You never know when there’s going to be a ‘Jerusalem opportunity’ to share the truth that may make a difference in the life and eternal destination of another person. You never know when or where ‘Jerusalem’ might show up!”

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Bible verses to consider:

And they arose that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon.” And they began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread. Luke 24:33-35.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for what you show me that you want me to tell others about your provision of life eternally with you when it’s time. Thank you, too, for all you show me about living this life, and how you want me to manifest what you show me to those you bring before me. I confess that too often I am reluctant to share with others what you show me. I need and ask for your help in being open to share what you have for me to share with each person you bring into my life for your purpose. Help me in following every step of your lead in that direction. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Are there people in your life who need to hear what you have heard and learned from God? If no, is that because you haven’t heard anything to share? If you do have things to share, how are you doing with the actual sharing? As well as you would like? As well as God would like? If you sense the need for change in being open to sharing with others what God has for you to share, how is that change going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

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