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What Might Have Been

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For Sale

One Cross – almost new, too heavy, cramps my lifestyle in keeping up with the world and its pleasures.
One Talent – slightly shelf-worn and a little rusty. Used very little in the past few months.
One Bundle of Seldom-used Christian Opportunities – among these, one brand-new set of neglected Sunday evening service opportunitie – these were brand new and never taken out of the wrapper when I first accepted Christ and joined the Church. You’ll be surprised when you see how nice they appear.
One Badly Used Christian Influence— well cared for and used many years; now in need of repair. Buyer must be able to restore and more wisely use it. Can be invaluable to right person.
Anyone interested in the above items may be able to see and examine them at anytime in the basement of house on the corner of Careless Avenue and Neglect Street.

A woman stood to testify with tears streaming down his face. She began with “I lived close to a man who was homebound. I watched care givers day-by-day go in and out of the house. And I said to myself, ‘I must go see that neighbor.’ However I was so busy I just didn’t make it over to his house.” She paused to dry her eyes. “But then, one day, another car pulled up in front of his house – a hearse. I cried as I saw the men put him in the back and drive off.” Again, she paused, overcome with grief. “I don’t even know if he was saved.”

“What might have been …”

A small congregation struggled in a community which was largely Hispanic. Periodically, the members would visit the homes and make notes of the families who lived there. However, nothing followed the invitations to “come be with us.”

Then something captured the church’s attention. A group began meeting in the neighborhood on Sundays and it seemed this group was growing. Someone had seen the need for the Spanish people, and even though they had no building, began meeting in a borrowed place. And the people came.

“What might have been …”

A new generation – the “baby boomers” burst on the scene in the 1950s and by the 1960s, the 30 percent of the U.S. population became the major marketplace for goods and services. However, companies went on with their agendas, not accepting the changes that would have made them a part of the “boom.” Schools had to enlarge and space had to found for housing, but most churches just went on their usual way, not seeing the opportunities to reach the children that would be pressing for their success in the world.

“What might have been …”

So now here come the Millennials – full of questions as well as energy, and wanting to advance skills and education. “We’re here to change the world,” they cry. And they’re doing it. They come from the generation who wanted instant gratification and everything disposable and temporary. It was a generation who embraced compromise and situation ethics, who said they believed in God, but He was someone who didn’t have to be reckoned with. It was like Israel before the judges – everyone did what was right in their own eyes.

What opportunities we have to teach the truth! In the years ahead, will we be asking, “What might have been …?”

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” (Matthew 25:35-45)