Making a Positive Difference

Sorely missed

“Then Jeremiah chanted a lament for Josiah . . .” (2 Chronicles 35:25). Josiah “pled the cause of the afflicted and needy” (Jeremiah 22:15). He urged his wayward nation to turn back to God (2 Chronicles 34-35). Josiah made a difference.

When Stephen was martyred, those who buried him “made loud lamentation over him” (Acts 8:2). He had served the poor widows and had stood boldly for the truth (Acts 6-7). Stephen made a difference.

When Dorcas died, the widows wept. They recalled her “deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did” (Acts 9:36). Dorcas made a difference.

Josiah, Stephen, Dorcas

When we give of ourselves as they did, it will cost us.

But oh, what a legacy we leave!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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What Did They Learn?

They kept their ears and eyes open.

No one ever had a better mentor.

How privileged the apostles were to be with Jesus those three years!

They not only heard Him preach and teach, but also observed how He conducted Himself in all kinds of situations.

They saw how He responded to opposition from enemies—facing it boldly, without retaliation.

They learned what His priorities were, that He valued spiritual over physical kinship, that doing His Father’s will took precedence over everything else; that preaching was greater than healing; that society’s rejects were worth His time; that the magnificent temple did not impress Him, but the widow’s generosity did; that He was devoted to prayer; that He aspired to serve, rather than being served.

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They learned to think as He did.

Ever so gradually His values became their values.

Are they becoming ours?

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