WFW: The Tentmaker

February 3, 2010

WFW

So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. Acts 18:3

…he who had been demon-possessed begged Him [Jesus] that he might go with Him [as a follower]. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”

And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side [had returned to that place], a great multitude gathered to Him… Mark 5:18-21

When I first became a Christian– first realized that Jesus Christ bridged that gap between me and God– I had no idea what it meant to be a Christian. I thought it might mean I’d have to join some kind of commune or perhaps quit school and any job and be a wandering minister or something. Nope. God does call certain people to do that, absolutely. But it seems that for most people, we are to “go home and tell our friends what great things the Lord has done.” :mrgreen: That’s kinda cool.

People have a lot of misconceptions about Christian living, it seems. A lot of the misconceptions seem to come from Hollywood– you know, every time they have a “religious” character in a story, it’s always a priest or a nun; and the priest or nun is usually a kook or warped or an outcast or some weird person or something.

Being a Christian is a lifestyle. It effects all of life, in totality. We don’t “get religious” on Sundays and then live like dogs the rest of the week. Au contraire, we go home and spread the news– the news of the amazing things the Lord has done. Like C.S. Lewis once said, “No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as ‘what a man does with his solitude.’ ” If something amazing happened to you– like you got a new car or won an inheritance or your baby is born– I’d want to hear it! People like to hear good news. That’s what being a “tentmaker” or a “friend” is: sharing really good news throughout your every day life.

God is not looking for golden vessels. He is not asking for silver vessels. He is looking for yielded vessels. Kathryn Kuhlman

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3 Responses to “WFW: The Tentmaker”

  1. akaGaGa Says:

    Yielded vessels, indeed. How can we not yield, when we finally realize what Christ has done for us?

  2. The Other Alice Says:

    Amen! Nothing like being transformed that will get you getting everybody’s attention one way or the other. šŸ˜€

  3. Renee Says:

    You made some really good points! We are IN the world, but not OF the world.