Sunday, June 28, 2015

This week's lesson (June 27 - July 3): the missionary nature of God

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" 
He answered . . .
-- Genesis 3:8-10, NIV
First, God went looking for them . . . 
"How long have they been hiding?" 
"Two days," yawned the angel. "You think they'd be good at it by now." 
"Are we going to bring them in?" 
"No," said the angel. "He says they know where to find us."
 "Should we go looking for them? 
"No, He wants them make the first move."
Next, God asked them a question.
He'd been planning this speech since Eternity began . . .  
Which made it all the more annoying that Adam and Eve were not listening. 
"And another thing . . . no, don't you roll your eyes at me, young lady -- not when I'm talking to you! No, no eye-rolling. No back-talk. And stop making faces at each other. Now as I was saying. . ."
And that led to a conversation.
"Anything in the mail?" asked Eve. 
"Bills . . . more bills . . . your copy of Better Homes & Gardens," said Adam. "Oh yes, and another invitation from God." 
"You mean, 'advertisement.' Let me guess: He wants us to go listen to Him." 
"Same as always -- He talks. We listen . . ." 
"He says He's right . . ." 
"And then we get to admit we're wrong -- interested?" 
"Never was before," said Eve. "Why should I be now?"  
That's the way God did it -- so what would evangelism look like if thou went and did likewise?

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