Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Second opinion

Today’s Reading: Acts 13:6-7 NIV

6 They traveled through the whole island, until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 7 who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the Word of God.

Good morning!

Whenever we face a major decision involving our present and future, it is always good to obtain a second opinion before selecting the appropriate path. People face life changing decisions every single day. Do we buy our dream home while the market is down, risking the possibility of losing our jobs after signing a thirty-year mortgage and potentially losing our home in the fray? I have fallen in love, but will this love last a lifetime? When is the best time to start a family? Can we afford to raise a child, educate, clothe and feed him in this economy? How much money do we actually need to retire and live comfortably for potentially forty or fifty years after we quit working? Should I follow the advice of my personal physician, and have the surgical procedure he recommends?

Intelligent men and women seek out the truth of a matter, especially when it directly impacts the course of one’s life. Sergius Paulus was the proconsul, a high official in the town of Paphos. He was well-educated and wholly devoted to the position he held. Sergius Paulus solicited the assistance of a certain spiritual advisor, to help guide him in his spiritual beliefs. The proconsul was seeking the truth, and received questionable information from his contracted sorcerer, Bar-Jesus, also known by the name Elymas. Sergius Paulus chose to seek a second opinion from Christian converts Paul and Barnabas, who were traveling across the island of Cyprus, spreading the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

When it comes to making a decision on the eternal direction of your life, it is a good thing to seek a second opinion. Open your mind and heart to Christ’s life-giving message today. If you are seeking the truth, pick up a Bible today and begin reading about Jesus. Ask the Lord to help you better understand His message. Visit your local church and speak with the pastor, to help you in your understanding of the Word. The decision you make as to whom you will trust with your life, will impact your present, your future, and your eternal home. Get the best advisor you can find: ask God to reveal His living Truth to you today.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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