Yesterday during Meeting for Worship we included laughter as an expression of worship and praise. Here are two of the jokes that were shared during our time together:
A devout Quaker lady lived in the country with her husband. She woke up to the sound of something breaking downstairs. She woke her husband. “Samuel, listen.” “I think there’s a prowler. You need to go see.” The Quaker got up, grabbed a hunting rifle and just as he came to the top of the stairs, sure enough, there was the prowler opposite him below, frozen at the sight of a gun pointed at him. The Quaker, aiming the gun right at the man said: “Friend, I mean you no harm, but you are standing where I am about to shoot.”
Q. How do Friends start a race?
A. Ready…..set…..go when the Spirit moves you!
Yesterday during Meeting for Worship we also studied Acts 4:1-22 and I was struck by how Peter and John obeyed the Holy Spirit and not the Jewish leaders when in verses 19-20 they said “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” This prompted me to consider how we are to be obedient to God in all areas of our lives, not just in speaking the truth of what we have seen and heard about Jesus.
Here are some questions for us to consider as we strive to live obediently for Christ?
Do we live our lives in such a way that honors the salvation we have received through Jesus Christ?
Do we obey God in the way we live our lives?
Do we obey God in the words we choose to say?
Do we obey God in living out a consistent witness to the truth of the Gospel?
Do we obey God in our relationships with other people?
Do we obey God in how we approach our work?
Do we obey God in our entertainment choices?
Do we obey God in how we spend our time?
Do we obey God in how we take part in the community and life of the church?
Do we obey God in the foods we eat?
Do we obey God in the clothes we wear?
Do we obey God in how we handle our money?
Do we obey god in the decision and choices we make?
Do we obey God in how we worship Him?