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Living Sacrifice

by Mary Geisendorfer

  I would like to challenge you today with a simple  “New Years Resolution” that requires little effort. This is a challenge to   BRING  your Bible to church with you. In this amazing age of Technology, with digital devices and projected screens, we lose the physical contact of the handheld Bible. 

  Many have chosen to download a Biblical App in place of the carrying of a Bible.I am asking you to make a statement, rather than enjoying the convenience in this instance. The simple Act of carrying a Bible to church is an important example to our children as well as to those who may be watching. Our children watch us on our phones, scrolling our own topics all the time. Therefore, they assume there is little difference in what we do in our daily looking, to our Church Looking.They need to hear from us that this ( carrying our Bible to church ) is a special privilege, and one that is able to be taken from us.

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 Today  I Googled the question, ” How many countries have banned the Bible? “ The answer: 52 countries have made it illegal to have a Bible in your possession ! From this simple search that took only a moment I can reason how blessed we are in the United States to have this freedom. 

    According to my search on the internet, our Bible has been translated into 736 languages.This is amazing !  There are many people who may hear of Jesus in their own language. What a beautiful gift ! Something  so precious as this is meant to be handled, read, and studied to know and understand its contents. This is our privilege and our duty.

    Romans 12:1-2 reads ,

    (1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a Living Sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 

    (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will  of God. 

    My grandmother grew up during the Depression. She was born 1925 to a poor man, but most would be considered poor by today’s standard. At age 12, she was hired out as a nanny to a family down the road for the summer months.She was one a four girls, and her motto was: “Hard work will not kill you, or I would have died a long time ago!”  Her voice was screechy, some would say shrill, not much of a singer.But her song, sweet and tender as she sang and bounced my babies upon her knees.

My grandmother had a passion for quilting. She made quilts for all of her children and children’s children and even the great grandchildren. She gave quilts to friends, to family, to newlyweds, and made many lap quilts for those in the nursing home.  Each stitch in a frenzy, with love for the one to whom it was intended. She honed her craft well and her love of quilting shared with the masses. Her love of quilting reminds me of a lady from the Bible named Dorcas. Her story is found in the book of Acts 9:36-43.

    At the tender age of five or six Grandma put a sewing needle in my hand to learn embroidery. I learned to make pictures with thread, I loved this new talent. Years later, when I was grown, she brought out this first  tea towel I had learned to sew on. She had saved it as a precious thing to give to me when I could appreciate it.The towel was put to use by me and is well worn now, but I have not forgotten the lessons she has taught me. And, I remember her each time I have used that towel. 

    Just as the skill of my grandmother affected me and so many others, this beautiful woman, Dorcas, had impacted those around her. The second part  of Acts 9:36 says: this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did. With her own two hands she made coats and garments which she gave to others.  

     This dear believer died, they washed her for burial and laid her in an upper chamber. Two believers came to Peter with news, he followed to see for himself.Everyone gathered and brought the coats and garments that the dear woman had made for  them. Peter, so moved by this, prayed and called her by name. She sat up and he presented her alive to the saints and widows.

      This one life had touched so many. She had used her talents not for gain but for the good of others.  As I read her beautiful story I cannot help but to remember my own dear grandmother who also used her skill to bless those around her.

       It is a rare thing in this world we live in to find a giving soul, One who will do for others with no hope of gain. Dorcas made her beautiful garments for widows. Her life was a living example of the change made in her heart. She knew what it was to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Because of this woman’s life, her death, Peter came to stay many days in Joppa where  many came and believed in Jesus.

     One of the last acts that Jesus performed before his death was the washing of the disciples’ feet.The story is found in John 13:1-17.People have placed the value on each other of greater than, or less than, or equal to. But Jesus said he gave us an  example that we should do ourselves. Jesus even washed the feet of Judas, his betrayer. Now how do you feel about the slogan wwjd,  ” What would Jesus do ? “  As Paul Harvey would always end with his famous quote,” And that is the rest of the story,” Jesus finished his story with this verse John 13:34-35.

Verse 34) A new Commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Verse 35) By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another. 
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Mary Geisendorfer is not only a dedicated columnist for the "Faith" category at The Lewis County Scoop but also a Pastors Wife, mother, grandmother, & business partner with her husband at Lost & Found Taxidermy where she hand paints everything in the shop.

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