Monday, August 15, 2011

~Monday's Message~

Luke 6:37 "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"

This got me thinking how quick we are to judge folks around us, folks we are
suppose to love, and protect, and stand by. Shame on us, God commands us
to love our neighbor as ourself, it is hard to love our neighbor if we are judging
them, and picking them apart. I have seen this over and over, and usually it is
those who are not doing a thing for Christ, that are so quick to judge those who
are busy about the fathers business. I read this below many years ago, and it
truly got me thinking, let us lift each other up before the lord, pray ye one for
another, and love the brethren. Read and see who foolish folks can be.


A church was in need of a pastor for some time but was having trouble getting one; but not because pastors weren't applying, but because the congregation always seemed to find fault with the pastors. Most pastors were rejected when the people just read the résumé. Some didn't have enough experience, some too much, some not enough education, some too much and so on.

One day a board member, who was getting very tired of this, decided to do something. So the next Sunday, he got up in the pulpit and announced that he had another résumé to share with the congregation. Most of them sat back, folded their arms and began to listen; ready to see what faults they could find on the new applicant. The board member began to read and the résumé went like this...

"Dear church members; I am writing to apply for position as your pastor. My experience is more along the lines of evangelist but I believe I could fill your position adequately. I've never attended any bible school per say but I have a lot of field experience. I don't have a degree on my wall, or a wall for that matter; I've traveled around most of my life, renting and doing odd jobs to support myself and preaching wherever I was invited; churches, streets, even jails. As a matter of fact, I've been thrown in jail several times and been involved in a few public squabbles. I've been accused of being anti-semantic, anti-authority and causing disturbances almost everywhere I go. But I did have a few conversions to Christianity during my ministry as well as a few healings. Thank you for considering my application."

Most of the people looked up at the deacon with smirks of condemnation while others chuckled out loud. One man stood up and still laughing asked the deacon,

"Does this guy actually expect us to seriously consider him for our pastor? Just what's this fellow's name any way?"

The deacon replied that the letter was signed -

The Apostle Paul

You could have heard a pin drop.
Author unknown.



Mary said...

What a great story, and what a great message. Aren't we always slow to remove the plank in our own eye?...Blessings and Hugs...

Deborah said...

Hi Barabara! just stopping in to say hello....hope your summer is going well.
Love the story, btw

Karen said...

Barbara, I love your blog. What a testimony of a life lived with the Lord. I saw your comment on my blog and came here. I thoroughly enjoyed reading! God Bless you.

George said...

Thanks for sharing this. I heard the same -- or a similar -- story years ago, and it's good to be reminded of the dangers we face when we hasten to judge others too quickly. Thank you again.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wooooo---wonderful story, Barbara... That would make a pin drop. People can be so judgmental... But--sometimes, as humans, it's hard, isn't it? I try not to judge those who are so different from me --but it isn't always easy. I just have to pray alot...

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i love this. may have to get my husband to read it from the pulpit.

Barbara said...

Yes I seen this in print about 30 years ago, I think it was in a paper put out by Lester Roloff Enterprises, lol never forgot it, and had it in my Bible all these years.

Kateri said...

love it! :)