Open Up – April 6, 2015

Today’s Scripture… “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.”  — Matthew 10:32

Thoughts for Today… I’ll be real honest with you. If there is ONE thing that makes me uncomfortable, it’s going to visit the dentist. Every time I go to the dentist, something bad happens. I get stuck with long,
sharp needles.  He pokes at my gums with that pick.  I smell the nauseating smell of that grinder sanding away on my tooth.  I see smoke rising from my mouth. My tongue gets to feel like it’s about ten sizes too big. And then I have to PAY for all of this?!! It’s for those very facts that I rarely visit my dentist.  Only when a crater the size of the Grand Canyon erodes its way into my mouth do I dare step foot in his office.  And by then, it’s usually too late.

But, on the rare occasion that I do visit the dentist, he always begins with the same thing, “Open up, let me see what’s in there.” I can tell you what’s in there — a gaping hole big enough to drive a team of horses through!  That’s why I’m sitting in this chair with you prodding that pick at me! As I “open up”, the dentist gets a good view of what is inside.  And he is able to take action. You know, the dentist isn’t the only one who says “Open up.  Let me see what’s in there.”

Do you realize that there are people ALL AROUND you who are crying out with the same message?
You see, folks all around you — your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends, your family members – are crying out to see what’s inside of you.  Not inside your mouth, but inside your heart. They are searching for something that is real.  Something that is honest and something that is lasting.  In most cases they don’t have any idea that they are searching for Jesus…

…that’s why you’ve got to “open up and let them see what’s in there!”

You and I are to “open up” our mouths and proclaim the Gospel to those who are lost and headed for hell.  We are to “open up” our eyes to see the needs of those who are less fortunate than we.  And surely we are to “open up” our arms and embrace those who are hurting and alone. It doesn’t stop there.  We should “open up” our pocket books and use the money the Lord has given us to minister to those in want.  And what about our ears?  Shouldn’t we “open up” our ears and listen to those who need to share some burden that is weighing them down? And, above all else, we should “open up” our hearts and let others see the love
of Jesus Christ!

Friend, you may not be headed to the dentist today, but you are headed into the pathway of many people.   If you listen closely to the cries of those you come into contact with, I’m certain you’ll find one thing in common with each of them.  They will all be pleading for the same thing…

…”Open up, let me see what’s in there.”

Share Christ today!

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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