17
Feb

Talked with Each Other

Sitting in house church this evening, the Lord dropped a scripture in my heart.

Malachi 3:16-18 (New International Version)
16 Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.

One of the brothers had shared how God is in the mundane things of life. Certainly sitting around and just talking to each other sounds mundane. But such is not the case at all.

Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. In this passage God goes on to describe the difference between the righteous and the wicked.

Malachi 3:16-18 (New International Version)
16 Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name. 17 "They will be mine," says the LORD Almighty, "in the day when I make up my treasured possession. [a] I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

The main distinction drawn in this passage between the wicked and the righteous is: The righteous who fear the Lord, speak often to each other. How precious it is to be able to sit in this living room and share with one another the things God has placed in our hearts. It is so different from the cultural construct that is know as Church in our country. This is not sitting listening to a sermon and staring at the back of someone's head for 45 minutes. No this is face to face fellowship.

God has deposited within each one of us, a unique contribution for the body of Christ. Jesus dwells inside each of us. Everyone of us is a unique creation of God. We have been individually formed and fashioned. That uniqueness inside us allows us to express a special characteristic of the living Christ - that no one else can.

Yes Christ is in our midst - but only as we listen to the special contribution that each one of us makes.

How precious it is, that when we speak to each other of the things of God - it touches His heart - and He writes down a scroll of remembrance. And it is us talking to each other about the things of God - that is remembered thru the ages - it is the mark that separates us as righteous as compared with the wicked.

Thank you God for giving me face to face fellowship with my brothers & sisters.

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Comment from: Claire Demetre [Visitor]
Claire Demetre

I visited a traditional church today and during the sermon there were so many times that I wanted to share and add, and question what was being preached and I couldn’t. I felt muzzled.
So many times when a scripture was read the pastor gave his interpretation of it, but presented it in a way that it was what the bible said. But, it wasn’t what the bible said, it was his interpretation. So why is it that I am expectd to sit there and listen to his interpretation, but he doesn’t listen to mine.
I caught him as he was walking out and I began to talk to him about my interpretation and I shared with him others interpretations and he half heartedly agreed and then at other times defended, but wasn’t able to back it up with anything factual. And then of course he had to run, but he did tell me that his work hours if I wanted to continue the conversation. I guess Sunday mornings at a traditional church aren’t for fellowship or discussion, at least not with the clergy, and I hardly find the 3 seconds that you are given to greet someone anywhere near a biblical illustration of fellowship among believers. I wonder how much is written on the scrolls of remembrance from the conversations that don’t take place at the traditional church?

04/17/05 @ 22:57