The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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04/25/2014

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Us And Them


"If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God , whom he has not seen" (1 Jn.4:20).

A story is told about an old man who lived many years ago. He loved to take take long walks in the city, many times late into the evening. Year after year, the old man would emerge from his house carrying a lantern. He would complete his walk in less than an hour and return home. The neighbors grew accustomed to his nightly habit, but then learned something strange about him.... He was blind! Although blind, he was able to walk the same path each night without a hitch. Obviously, he did not need to see to make his nightly rounds of the neighborhood. Finally, someone stopped the old man and asked him the obvious question as to why he carried a lantern. The man responded, "the lantern is not for me, because I know the path.... The lantern is for others, that I might light the way for them...." The blind man teaches all of us a valuable lesson about our relationships with others. As Christians, we have learned the "way," but there are many out there that don't have our same sense of direction. "You are the light of the world.... In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matt.5:14, 16). If we are the Christians we claim to be, shouldn't we reflect the light of Jesus upon others who need that very light as a guide to living a more holy life? I believe that question was rhetorical... WE MUST BE THAT LIGHT! The light may be something as simple as the happiness that we exude because of our contentment. If we are not visibly holy and happy, why would someone want to be like us? It has always been my contention that we cannot bring someone to Jesus if they are more content with their lives that we are with ours. It is comparable to extolling the virtues of a Christian life to someone who has no food. If we help with their hunger for food, we can then get to their spiritual needs. As the "us," we must be interested in "them...."

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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