When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed; but others said, "We will hear you again about this." (Acts 17:32 NRSV)
One of Bruce Larsen's sons crossed the Sahara Desert a few years ago. He made an interesting discovery. He claimed you could divide all the travelers making the journey across the desert into two different groups. There were the people who were intent on getting across the desert at any cost. Then there were those whose top priority was to save their vehicle. He ran into two Swiss students whose Land Rover developed some small problem. The problem was potentially serious, so they started back to Switzerland immediately. On the other hand, he tells of traveling part of the time with a group of Germans. They had abandoned their fairly new Peugeot car in the desert. They continued on their way, hitching a ride on a truck. The most important thing to them was getting across the desert. The vehicle was just a means of getting there. The real difference was in terms of goals. Some were determined to get across. Others just wanted to protect what they had.

So it was with those who listened to St. Paul. Some heard and responded positively. Others just walked away. And now it's our turn. Shall we follow Christ--even to the point of being a living witness to his presence, or are we content to protect what we have now?

Loving God, help me to be free in being a faithful witness. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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