I was at Maranatha Baptist again tonight. A guest preacher, Pastor John Davis from the Landmark Baptist Church in Looneyville, WV, delivered his message from Luke 2, and the story of Joseph and Mary and their futile search for a place to rest their heads in Bethlehem with their newborn son.
Pastor Davis went on to speak of how we often crowd God out of our daily lives, and how we as a country have crowded God out of our Schools, our Government, and all public aspects of the United States. Not a “separation” of Church and State, but a quiet and decades-long “elimination” of Church in the States. To the point where a bowed head is an offense that cannot be tolerated, the Bible is treated as a fantasy novel when it is taught in “literature” classes in our schools, and activities that we are involved in as families often force us to choose between our social life and our Spiritual life. I’m as guilty of that as anyone, with weekend soccer tournaments that interfere with Sunday worship, and travel that keeps our family separated for days at a time during the week.
But the message Pastor John had was also hopeful, in that, as he stated, “Jesus always has room”, quoting 1 John 1:9 – “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (NKJV). And it got me to thinking of the signs that are there, that Jesus is making room for us, even when we shut Him out. I see doors opening in my travels as I speak openly to colleagues about my faith. I see my son, tagging his text messages with the phrase ” ~~Matthew 19:26~~ ” (“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (KJV)
So I guess we have to see past the closed doors of our Schools, our Government, and even our own hearts, to look for Jesus and His open arms. And to reach for Him, and make room for Him. As Pastor said, we need to “Make room for Him and rest in Him”. Because He has already made room for us…
As a follow on to the above, I thought it important to say a few words about Pastor John Davis and his ministry, Gleaning for Christ Missions. Pastor John is a printer, a “Paper Missionary”. He has spent a lifetime, printing books for distribution around the world, containing books of the Bible, like Romans and the Gospel of John. These are translated into numerous languages (English, Spanish, Russian, and even Swahili) and distributed at NO CHARGE to all who request them, as he states in his message, “as God provides the funds”. If you are interested in learning more or contributing to the work of putting God’s word into many hands, you can reach him at:Gleaning for Christ Missions a ministry of Landmark Baptist Church P.O. Box One Looneyville, WV 25259 email@example.com