"I Want to Be A Fireman, Daddy!"
Acts 23—”I want to be a Fireman, Daddy!”
“I want to be an Astronaut, Daddy!”
“When I grow up, I want to be President, Daddy!”
1 Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?”
11 But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in religious environments, so you must also bear witness amongst governments.”
12 And when it was day, some of the religious men banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy.
14 They came to the head religious leaders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
16 So when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their ambush, Paul’s nephew went and entered the barracks and told Paul. 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, “Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him.”
So, MAYBE you want to be an EFFECTIVE Servant of God, a USEFUL disciple of Jesus when you grow up?
When you REALLY become EFFECTIVE in Changing lives for Jesus, then EXPECT to have 40 grown religious guys SWEAR they won’t eat a morsel of food until they have murdered you. If you’re ever going to be USEFUL to Jesus, then you will get that reaction out of those who, in envy and fear and pride, consider you such a threat, that to shield their followers from Revelation and Freedom in Christ to BE a Kingdom of Priests daily—they would be willing themselves to die trying to kill you. If you aren’t getting that response yet, you haven’t grown up yet—and aren’t Standing for anything much that intimidates Satan, yet. Anyone given up even so much as a meal, yet, out of hatred of what and Who you represent? Making a REAL difference for Jesus? Then expect to have 40 grown religious guys willing to die of starvation rather than to allow you to continue to plunder satan’s religious fiefdom, and rob them of their Potemkin empires.
This is WAYYYYY better than being an Astronaut or Fireman or President. : )
“DADDY! Help us to be meaningful SERVANTS OF YOURS!! REAL ones, not make-believe ones, talking heads, internet grazers or internet folk heroes—closet disciples. We LOVE you! And that ‘Price’ for You, our Pearl, is NOT too high! Bring on the dieters!”