Spy Glasses

Do people sometimes form the wrong impression of you ?

Last Sunday at noon I was sitting in our local coffee shop wearing my black leather jacket ( sorry PETA), my Lululemon yoga pants, and my dark glasses which I wear when my eyes are tired. They are excellent for letting me observe people without them knowing that I am watching them.

Six ladies from a local church, established in 1793, came in, after church service, to have brunch.

I was sitting beside the door, and they each gave me disapproving looks. No doubt they felt that by looking at my attire, I was a heathen woman who had not attended Sunday morning church.

I had been to Mass that previous Saturday evening, and now I was just waiting for the Convenience Store to open to I could buy some muffin liners to bake blueberry muffins.

I was fascinated by the ladies’ behaviour ! One woman threw the church bulletin from that morning on the table and announced : ‘ Just the same old stuff ! ‘. Her friends agreed, just the same old stuff ! After the criticism of the bulletin, the friends decided on the serious business of ordering their food.

My friend Sheila was the only waitress on duty that day. As she took their orders, none of the ladies greeted Sheila, or looked at her. The first lady ordered the jumbo breakfast special. Her friend, who , from appearances, did not do much fasting, also ordered the jumbo breakfast platter with a double order of bacon. She gave specific instructions that the bacon was to be crisply done. The women seemed oblivious to the fact that Sheila would also be cooking their meals, and doing the dishes. I thought of the Lord, who came to serve, rather than be serve.

As Christians, we need to be aware that people are constantly watching us, to see if we are showing Christ-like behaviour.

I finished my coffee and got the muffin liners to make muffins for my neighbour Lorna, who recently had surgery.

May the Lord give us the grace to lead lives that are consistent, so that our light will draw others to Him.

40 thoughts on “Spy Glasses

  1. It’s amazing how people who consider themselves good Christians can have such negative reactions to others. Had you been a “heathen”, how did they think their reactions would help you to see Christ? I just heard this morning of a young woman who had stopped going to church because she needed to do some soul searching and to find out what her life was all about. She stayed away for about a year. Then she went back to church on Sunday and had a lot of nasty comments directed at her. She was so angry she couldn’t even post about it on FaceBook. That is really sad. People, in church or out, should be able to forgive and receive the prodigal back as the father did in the Bible story and as our heavenly Father does with His children. Makes you wonder sometimes if people are really Christians or simply pretend Christians. Those ladies had no idea you were about to minister to your neighbor, a worthy choice to bless someone. God bless you Sally.

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    1. These people need to ask themselves if THEY could be the reason people aren’t flocking to their church. I highly suspect that there will be many, many people on “that day” who having considered themselves “good Christians” haven’t even come close. (Matthew 7:22-23)

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  2. 38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,

    39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:

    40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

    41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

    42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

    43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

    44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
    Mark 12:38-44

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  3. 1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

    2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

    3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

    4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

    5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

    6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

    7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

    8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

    9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

    10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

    11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

    12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
    John 8:1-12

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      1. The Holy Bible cites three moments that God writes with His Own Finger.
        . In writing the Ten Commandments in stone to Moses;
        . By writing on the wall and condemning King Belshazzar in Daniel 5: 5;
        . And in this passage, in which the LORD Jesus saves that woman’s life.

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      2. I was shocked and amazed at the beauty of your narration.

        Your gaze and awareness of the elements that make up the scene lead one who reads the unambiguous understanding of the importance of being attentive and to guard; not to judge by appearances; to respect the condition and needs of all those around us; to be humble, and not to put yourself in a position of false authority, and to judge.

        Through your look, and description, I have seen the scene, and I believe the Bible verses exemplify similar situations in which Wisdom examines and discerns Truth, as Light discerns darkness.

        Thank you, Sally!

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  4. These ladies are hungry for Holy Spirit truth; they must be born again John 3:3 We are all hungry for the Holy Spirit and the WORD. This satisfies our hunger and thirst, rather than the other things we run after. Church services can be boring when the WORD is not shared/preached as it should be. Church can become a social gathering only. All comments are well taken here but…and there is always a ‘but’…the most cantankerous, frustrated people need more love than others. Self-righteousness is always lurking and it can be our blind spot. We are told not to judge (Luke 6:37) yet we do it in our hearts, like comparing, yet when its all been said and done, are we better than anyone else? Especially when we don’t know the good that others do. God looks at the heart. The heart is deceitful above all things(Jer.17:9) and can change from one day to the next. Moods change. One day I am on top of the world; the next I am tired, impatient and frustrated. So let us not lose heart; there is hope for everyone, even me.

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    1. The comment “Just the same old stuff!” did make me wonder if these ladies were even going to a real church. When Jesus invades our lives, it is anything but boring, and fellowship with other believers is a joy! I’m guessing they have no clue what church should be or how genuine Christians should behave. (Pray for them.)

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  5. Sally, what can I say, “can’t judge a book by its cover.” Some very nefarious people and even devils have walked into church “dressed to the nines!” People should not be hasty to judge a person by looks or dress only; one must look much deeper to know what kind of soul is dwelling in the body they see dressed in attire of one kind or another!
    Brother in Christ,
    Lawrence

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    1. Our pastor told of a woman who came into his former church dressed like a hooker, but the people were very kind to her, although the men were kind form a distance! As she continued to attend, her attire became more appropriate, and one Sunday she went forward to receive Christ! There was much rejoicing, and later when she was baptized, she gave her testimony. She told the people that the first time she walked into their church she had decided ahead of time that if ONE PERSON said a negative word about the way she was dressed, she would leave and never come back. Thank God His people represented Him well.

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      1. Very nice story to hear and thankfully God was working through His Holy Spirit with not only the saved woman but all the others involved in her coming to Jesus at your pastor’s former church, who where acting in accordance with His will to serve his purpose! Very nice hearing about your pastor’s witness to a sinner being saved. God Bless. Amen.

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      2. Good evening Sally. I was just sending a reply comment which is lengthy to your article about the lady that started attending your church but it wouldn’t go through, kept getting a message saying try again. So, I only sent it here for you to check it and let me know if I can resend it to the appropriate article, but of course I wouldn’t expect you to list it here on this latest article.
        Very nice story to hear and thankfully God was working through His Holy Spirit with not only the …

        I agree , Lawrence. The people’s Christ-like behaviour resulted in the woman being saved. 🤗
        Same here with me Sally. I think there are some people caught in a web of sin or lies that has gotten a strong grip and they can see others living free of those shackles seemingly living pleasant lives; so the down trodden person wants to believe there might be something to all the faith talk and trusting in the Lord but having been stuck in a mess so long they find it hard to trust people to be sincere let alone trusting God whom they can’t see in the flesh which is the world these fallen are caught up in. I think when a person is ready to try like this woman was, a little consideration and effort by others that is genuine goes a long way which gives them that bridge they need to restore faith in humanity then learn to grow in trusting the Lord to lead the way and grow in their faith in Him. I was watching the CBN Network a few months ago one weekday morning and a story was on about a Muslim woman who always felt it was wrong to believe the way and in what she was led to believe all of her life with her Muslim family! She also felt a dark presence all around her many times and we know that was the evil of the Devil, but after meeting a Christian counselor at the university she was attending and having explained all of her circumstances and unhappiness along with a feeling or impending doom to the counselor they immediately prayed together, and a transformation began immediately which led to this Muslim woman being Baptized and becoming a Born Again Christian who is very happy and living her life now the way God intended! The thing about that case that prompted my mentioning it was how she saw this genuine kindness and peace offing by first the Christian Counselor then the Holy Spirit coming over her that she could actually feel this beautiful peace while praying; then onto meeting other Christians and growing in fellowship and realization that she was now awake to God’s actual presence in the world whereas before she was shut off from it and being surrounded with darkness that was destroying her from within! God has created us for His glorious purpose which is enough to rejoice about but additionally He can and does use any of us as His instruments of fulfilling His will here on earth to save all the souls that want to be eternally at peace with Him in His Heavenly Kingdom. In this story about the Muslim woman and also the story here you recounted we can see God at work in our midst bringing His love and Holy Spirit into these lives to transform them that only He alone can do.
        Again sister Sally, a very great story and subject to bring out as you have, and in so doing you are helping others I’m sure while you live and act in accordance with our heavenly Father’s will. Amen.
        God Bless! 🤗
        Lawrence

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      3. Hi Lawrence! Thanks for sharing. This is very beautiful.
        We all, as Christians, have moments when we wonder what impact our ministry is having in the lives of others, but God is always faithful, and asks us to share the good news of the gospel. God always works in ways we cannot see.
        Thanks, as always, for your encouragement. 🤗

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      4. Hi Sally! I’m more than glad to share with the appreciative and concerned; but most especially to those who express genuine abiding faith in Jesus Christ which I see in you and your graceful ways. Looking forward to sharing more while seeking to do the Lord’s will here on earth as it is in heaven.
        Thank you! 🤗

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