I credit the Bible prophet, Amos, for bringing me closer to Jesus. I heard reference to him twice before. Admittedly, I knew very little about Amos and the Bible. Imagine me in a Sunday School setting in 1999, and Amos is the name I hear. Curious yet inattentive, I just let it go. Eight years later, I am standing in the same Sunday School setting, and again I hear the name—Amos. Curious and attentive and mad, I hit the ground running.
Who is Amos? Why didn’t I know about him and more Bible folks? If the children in Sunday School were getting it, then so would I in my early 50s. I thank Jesus now for placing me in that setting and for the jolt I felt. His message exploded in my heart and mind. The message I heard was to be an active Christian. I decided to learn more about Jesus through the Bible.
I personalize Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice by accepting that the vertical line of the cross is for me. The horizontal line of the cross is for the people around me.
Joel Olsteen was my second wakeup call. I absorbed his style, his youth and his messages. “Think about your destiny,” he said. Hold on! I am just beginning to think about myself in the present, and now you’re asking me to think about my destiny? At this point, I prayed for Jesus to intervene. I heard, “Be more active. It’s time to leave the television, the comfort of your bed on a Sunday morning, and to go to church.”
But first I reflected on Jesus’ destiny: he was born, lived on earth, died by crucifixion and buried….
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Notes from Alice: Isn’t this a beautiful story? It has a Hollywood movie feeling. As the director, I would portray a southern farmer with a large family living life with dignity, faith, hope and charity. Mercie would be played by a 12-year-old with her adolescent views and opinions. The conflict would be the devil trying to tempt Mercie and the church followers. And the resolution would be that in following God’s plan, you deserve a Big Meeting Sunday. I wouldn’t miss the Academy Award for Best Picture presentation for this movie, “Amos and Mercie.” Mercie is rich with the Lord. Her spiritual bank account is plentiful! Why? Because she invested in herself, and she knows her “stuff.” I expect to see Mercie wearing a cross soon. When she does, I’ll capture the story and share it with all of you.
Biblical Note: Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. Timothy 6: 17-19 (NLT)