(Trussville, AL USA)
Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed — keep that dusted off and in use." (I Timothy 4:12-14)
Wow, this new upgraded cellular phone is great! It has so many added features. I'll never be able to figure it out. I think I'll just lay it on my bedside night stand and tackle it in the morning, as I will have more time being that tomorrow is Sunday.
Now, I really don't remember when I went to sleep, as I was so exhausted from work. But I do remember what happened next. How can I ever forget? It all changed my life forever. Here goes.
What is this? What's going on here with all these text messages on my cell? Why it looks like some sort of religious code messaging. Well anyway, I've had enough. I'm going back to my phone vendor.
"May I help you sir?" said the sales clerk.
"Yes, you may. I keep getting these coded text messages on my phone, and I want them stopped. I want the source blocked and all the messages erased," I replied.
"Let me see sir," the clerk responded. "Sir, these appear to be Bible scripture texts. I recommend that you go see your pastor."
"But I don't have a minister," I replied.
"No problem, sir. Let me give you the name and phone number of my pastor. Just give him a call and tell him I recommended it."
So, I took my vendor's advice. This pastor was not like some TV pastors I've watched on Sunday. He didn't preference his conversation by asking for money. He simply began explaining the Scripture verses I had been seeing on my cell phone. He didn't have an answer, however, as to why I had been targeted. He just said that God worked in mysterious ways to reach people. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
What was so amazing about our conversation was that he was able to relate these Scripture verses personally to me and my life style. (II Timothy 3:16) And when our conversation was concluded, I understood these Scripture texts very well. Yes, I found real peace that day, for the rest of my life.
Now, you must hear this. All of a sudden, my cell phone started ringing and vibrating all over my night stand. As I picked up the cell to answer, the screen blinked two simple words, "Message Received." Never again did I receive such text messages. You see, all these newly-received text messages were received and put into action.
Was this a dream, was it a vision or was it really a providential call to change my life style? Well, you be the judge. All I know is that whatever it was, it certainly worked on my behalf for I now attend this good pastor's church. Not only am I a regular in pew number one, I occasionally get to play my concert guitar in the services. I even have written a praise and worship tune or two.
So, may I just take this moment to invite you to church this Sunday? You can't miss it. It's where it's all happening, on the corner where the big crowd gathers each Sunday morning. Just type "Church" in your Internet search engine and check out any number of true full-gospel Bible Believing Churches. (I Cor. 15:1-4)
And what happened to programming my newly-acquired cell phone, you may ask? Well, I simply drove over to my son's home and had my grandson program it for me. Amen!
In today's high-tech society, what a perfect opportunity we have to share the gospel! If you have a social media account, why not put it to good use in sharing God's Word? Post scriptures on your account or on your profile and share them with your friends. The ungodly surely spread their junk, why not share the true gospel?
And even if you don't want to verbally share the gospel, you can do as this blog did, and simply text the Word of God. You can even invite your friends to church. Yes, the Bible tells us that His Word will not return void. So, is this account of the Scriptures at work fiction or real? It doesn't really matter, as I see it, as long as the message gets out, and as long as the message reaches the right person.
In Psalms (Psalm 139:16) we see that God's Word was written before it came to pass. Yes, God can use the high tech world, as well as He, can use the scrolls of old, be it a dream or an open Bible. God's Word holds His will and His plans for all our lives.
So, if God's message is received in a dream, a vision, a parable or gathered from a real life experience, what does it matter in the long haul? (Psalm 139:16) (Jeremiah 29:11) (Ephesians 2:10)