Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Left Behind

I have been in the Ministry almost 30 years. More than once I have remained at the Church with an Unclaimed child waiting for their parents to realize they were missing something. They would return embarrassed and usually the problem was that each parent thought the other had picked up the child. Well, this has been going on for sometime. It can happen to the best of us. As a matter of fact it once happened to Jesus.
Luke 2:41-45 (New International Version) 41Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. 42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

During the Christmas Season we can get so busy that we realize we have left Christ behind. What should we do? There are three things

1. Realize that Christ is missing.

2. Remember where you left Him.

3. Go back and get Him.

Usually we realize he is missing when we stop reading our Bibles, stop praying, and neglecting Church attendance. Something happens to let us know Christ is not present anymore. We left Him behind. Go back and find Him, it is not hard. Resume your daily devotion, begin to pray again, and find a church where you can attend and be involved. He is there patiently waiting or you to return.

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