Good morning! “God is good! – what a lovely morning and may the rest of the day bring great delight. I pray that you had a good weekend and start to the week…and I trust that all is well with you and your family. Today, as I pray for you, I will ask Father to release a flow of spiritual energy to you…a well of water springing up within!
While we were on holidays and enjoying free-time we listened to and watched many street performers. There were singers, guitarists, concertinas, accordions, saxophones, acrobats, balancing acts, young and old, varying levels of talent, and even a ‘hurdgurdy’ or two. Of course, there was an assortment of pan-handlers and such. One thing that surprised me was how well these folk have adopted and used the ‘changes’ in technologies. Most of the musicians were very professional at asking for some change and had “cd’s” available for sale and I am sure they were self-produced. I suppose that you could not get a more authentic souvenir of a country-city than the life expressed in these simple ways.
I thought of how we, as Christians, are a version of ‘street-performers’. We reflect the experience of another kingdom as we live out the daily implications of being a Christ-follower. I thought of the words of St. Paul: You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it–not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives–and we publish it. We couldn’t be more sure of ourselves in this–that you, written by Christ himself for God, are our letter of recommendation…” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 The Message. I think that this is where we get the cliche: You are the only Bible some people will ever read. I am a ‘street-performer’ for God, expressing the beauty and ability that is within me through the work of Jesus. Just as I listened to an old man sing songs that reflected the history of his country and family, so people listen to my life sing out the songs that express the beauty of another kingdom.
This was highlighted in a different way, as last night we watched a faith-based’ movie called: Do You Believe? – individuals expressing their faith in the ordinariness of life, giving people a glimpse of another kingdom…another king! It was William Shakespeare who penned the words: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” — I pray that God will use our performance to make people curious and want to know more about another kingdom
Blessings be on you!