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From the minister’s study

Spam, junk mail, email scams, cold calling. These terms have mainly come into our vocabulary in recent years though I remember a different kind of spam from my boyhood. We used to put that in sandwiches. There has been junk mail for years but now it gets into our email boxes as well. Thankfully we can usually filter that out and the other sort that comes through the letterbox usually goes straight into my blue bin for recycling.

We seem besieged with messages from all sorts of people tempting us to do this or that. Things that we probably wouldn’t have even thought of without receiving the junk mail. Sadly some of us succumb to it & pursue the various offers that are made. More often than not we regret it eventually. We would have been better off not reading the message or listening to it in the first place. There is so much that we can filter out as being at the very least unhelpful and sometimes positively dangerous.

I had an example last week through our church email account. Somehow a company bypassed the filters on the website to advertise their photocopiers to us. The same company has done it before and each time I have unsubscribed and even labelled their emails as junk. But still they get through. We do not need a photocopier at present & if we did we would look for one ourselves.

I wonder what you allow in to your life that is unhelpful, if anything, and I wonder too what you may filter out thinking that it isn’t for you. That is, I think, a great danger when we look at a message or its source and discount it without even thinking what it might mean for us.

There is a message that it is vital for all of us to consider but it gets filtered out one way or another before we give it proper attention. It is the message that God loves us, all of us and just the very word ‘God’ is enough to deter so many. Too many reasons to go into why that may be here. I’m guessing that if you are reading this you have not been deterred from considering his offer of love but have you taken it up?

Here are some words from Paul’s 1st letter to Timothy: God our Saviour … wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.

Notice that – it is God’s desire for all people to be saved and that Jesus gave himself for all people. Not just those who have a particular religious leaning or have been brought up to believe in God & the salvation he offers but all people, whether we know it or not. Though God has done everything necessary to bring us to a knowledge of the truth we still sometimes prefer the spam & the junk mail filtering out what really matters instead.

When it comes to what God has to say to you may I encourage you, if necessary, to change your junk mail settings & let him get the message through. I believe it will change your life.

God bless

YC@T thursdays