What are you known for?

May 29, 2018

 

 

When I was a kid, there was one elderly gentleman at church that gave out peppermint hard candies to all the kids.  He came to be known as the "candy man".  Also, when I was a kid, my grandparents would host amazing gatherings of musicians and music lovers.  With either a massive pot of chili to feed everyone, or large quantities of Italian Beef to go around, no one would have to worry about hunger anytime during the evening.  If there was one thing my grandparents were known for, it was their hospitality.  In Acts 5, we get a glimpse at what Peter the apostle became known for.  Take a look:

 

12 The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 But no one else dared to join them, even though all the people had high regard for them. 14 Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord—crowds of both men and women. 15 As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by.16 Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed.

 

Word began to get around that people, who were in the same vicinity as Peter, would get healed.  How about you?  What are you known for?  Are you a person that people look towards and see that you are a prayer warrior?  Are you a person that people lean on for your knowledge and experience?  Are you a person known for your radical generosity of your time or resources?  I'm sure it isn't you, but, we all know those around us who are known for their bitter attitude, their selfish spirit, or even their foul language.  I have seen Jesus transform enough attitudes in my lifetime to know that none are beyond his reach.  What are you known for?  If you don't know, just ask someone!

 

With sincere love for each of you,

 

Pastor Jon

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