6th February 2018

Everyone Else But Me

“There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”
2 Timothy 3:16 (The Message) 

I recently came across a song by Don Francisco entitled ‘Everybody else but me’. Here are some of the lyrics: 

Way back there in Jesus’ time; the Pharisees walked so proud
They thought that they had the way to God; they prayed their prayers out loud
But Jesus said they had hell to pay; for the pretence and the games they’d play
I’m glad that’s not like us today; we wouldn’t act like that

I went to church one day last month, the preacher he preached real good
Talked about ‘true’ commitment; New Testament brotherhood
Talked about watching the things we say; the gossip that can wound and slay
I sure wish Joe had been there that day; cause he really needed to hear it

When Jesus made disciples; he told them what they had to do
He said take up your cross and follow me; deny yourself and you’ll be free
But he meant those guys back in Galilee; that was just for them back then

Everybody else but me; everybody else but me
He was talking to those people back in Galilee
Anybody else but me

When I heard this song, it made me think how true it is that we can read the Bible or hear a sermon and feel that this is for everybody else, anybody, but me. Just think how life-changing it could be if the next time you read a Scripture or heard a message from the pulpit, that you thought this was for you rather than someone else. Oops, there I go, saying that Bible verse, that message, is for you when I should be thinking it’s for me. It’s easily done, isn’t it?

I know that I need to be more open to what the Holy Spirit is saying to me through the Scripture and messages He has inspired. Of course, the Bible and messages preached from it will be relevant to other people, but I need to reflect personally on how these things apply in my life; what action do I need to take and what changes do I need to make. I need to do this if Jesus Christ is to be my overriding passion—how about you? 

Prayer
Father, please help me to be sensitive to what you want to teach me. Help me to be responsive to your written and spoken Word, and may Jesus, the Word personified, be the centre of my life.
Amen

Study by Barry Robinson

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About the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International Central London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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