Participating in the Life Christ 1 Corinthians 10: 14-17; Acts 26: 12-23 Jim Davis We know something about dreams


You may be a good church member, but do you participate in the life of Christ



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You may be a good church member, but do you participate in the life of Christ. Do you push others around? Strut in victory. Pout in defeat. Are you seldom honest with others, and never with self? Do you cry over self, but never over others? Do you want to be heard, but never listen? Do you forgive nothing and remember every slight—whether real or imagined. Do you think it is all about you? (Rubel Shelly, Getting Over Ourselves, RubelShelly.com).
Are You Kicking Against the Goads?
When Jesus appeared to Saul he said, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” The goad used by the Syrian farmer is usually a straight branch of oak or other strong wood from which the bark has been stripped, and which has at one end a pointed spike and at the other a flat chisel-shaped iron. The pointed end is to prod the oxen while plowing. The flattened iron at the other end is to scrape off the earth which clogs the plowshare. The ancient goad was probably similar to this instrument. When the ox left the furrow it was plowing he would be brought back with a painful prick of the goad.
It would be as painful for Saul to keep on in the wrong way as for an ox to attempt to leave the furrow. Your selfish dreams will only bring you and your loved ones pain and sorrow. Jesus came to reveal his dream for your life.


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