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CQOD: 08/26/05 -- Head: the cross-eyed church

Christian Quotation of the Day

August 26, 2005
    In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."
    -- Acts 6:1-4 (NIV)

    The Church on earth is a cross-eyed church, with one eye on God in His heavenly benediction, and one eye on the needy world of men.
    ... David Head, Shout for Joy, p. 108 [1962]

Quiet time reflection:
    Am I failing to see the needs of those around me through concentrating on my own spirituality?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I recall in Luke 10, Jesus gently corrects Martha for being too busy and neglecting the "one thing that is needed". It seems to me the Quiet Time Reflection ought to be: How is my serving the needs of others distracting me from my spiritual growth?

August 26, 2005 at 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depending on the individual, either serving others too much or spending too much time in quiet meditation may become a distraction from doing God's will. The key lies in balancing the two. After all, Jesus served the needs of others, but he also retreated from the crowds for prayer.

August 27, 2005 at 4:58 PM  

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