Monthly Archives: June 2012

You are a watchman on a tower – did you know?

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In Biblical times, the watchmen did duty on the towers of the city walls, constantly checking for danger approaching the city.  If danger was eminent, they sounded the alarm.  Did you know that you are a watchman?

Imagine this little scenario: You are driving at night in pouring rain.  Visibility is terrible, you cannot see where you are going.  You are approaching a bridge and just then the lightning lights up the environment and you see that the bridge has been washed away.  There is just a gaping hole.  By the grace of God you manage to stop in time.  You catch your breath, wipe the sweat from your forehead and turn your car around.  You decide to rather head back where you came from.  While driving, many cars pass you, on the way to the bridge that is no longer there.  You don’t try to stop them.  You do not even try to warn them.    You are just so happy that you are alive.

Would you do this?  No?

We are saved by the grace of God and the blood of Jesus.  We are on our way to heaven, but daily, many pass us, all on their way to hell.  What are we doing about this?

Are we willing to share the gospel with those still driving in the wrong direction of life?  Are we willing to stop in the pouring rain of life to help the one that got lost and don’t know which way to go?  Are we willing to stop at the broken car on the side of life’s road to help the driver to get going again?

Galatians 6:1 “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently”.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

We are the watchmen on the towers of the lives of those around us.  If they don’t make it to heaven, we are partly responsible.

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Tribute to Reneé Bezuidenhout

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My entire memory of her can be described in just three words: Woman of God.

That is the legacy she leaves behind.

I have memory pictures of her worshipping in abandonment.  She was a worshipper at heart.  Throughout her every day, she would be singing and worshipping.  She had no time for unforgiveness and grudges but she always had time to help somebody in need.  She was a Proverbs 31 mother and wife, always finding enjoyment in spoiling her men as she referred to her husband and two sons.

I saw her yesterday morning, and I left her bedside with a song in my head.

When you finally make your entrance to that city
Of jasper walls and bright golden avenues
As you behold all its beauty and its splendor
Remember there’s just one request I make of you
Look for me for I will be there too
I realize when you arrive there will be so much to view
After you’ve been there ten thousand years
A million, maybe two
Look for me, for I will be there too
As you go down your list of firsts there’s no question
We’re gonna have to see our loved ones, me and you
And when you feel you’ve shared your story with the last one
Who wants to hear just how you made it through
Look for me for I will be there too
I realize when you arrive there will be so much to view
After you’ve been there ten thousand years
A million, maybe two
Look for me for I will be there too
Look for me for I will be there too
I will be there too

She didn’t lose the fight – She finished the race.

A true woman of God, leaving a legacy to desire.  May I one day, leave a legacy like hers.

“Look for me Reneé, one day I will be there too!”

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?

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I read the news daily. Somewhere in a busy day, I will steal 30 minutes to see what is going on in the world around me. My favourite time is in the evening, snuggled up in my bed, with my iPad. I read the local news, the world news, the economic news, the business news and whatever else I can find that looks interesting. It has a downside though. Like last night. I saw a picture of women in Egypt weeping with the news of the newly elected Muslim president. They are scared of the sharia law that might be coming. It made me cry too. And it scared me.

What happens in the world scares me often. We are bombarded with stories of genocide. I know many people who have become depressed and bitter with what is happening around us, in South Africa and in the world.

Now back to my original question. Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?

A thermometer merely reflects the current temperature. A thermostat describes what the temperature should be.

If we become depressed, negative and bitter with what is happening around us, we are thermometers. We are reflecting the world around us. If however, we start meditating on the Word of God, we will become thermostats. Instead of just reflecting the world, we will reflect the hope there is in Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter what is happening in the world, what does matter is what will happen when the world is no more. God needs you to bring hope to a hopeless world!

Decide today to be a thermostat. There are enough thermometers already.