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Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)
TITLE: Missing Out
By Lois Farrow
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“And I get none,” I wail. “What am I missing out on? No offers of great riches from Nigeria? No offers of everlasting love from handsome strangers? What a boring life.”
“Ha,” says Joanne. “Be thankful you’ve got a great ISP provider with such a good filter to save you from all this junk.”
I pop around to Joanne’s after lunch and check out her computer. We laugh together at the offers of fame, the gorgeous photos in the weight-loss advertisements. I daren’t look in the mirror after that!
“They are all rubbish, you know,” says Joanne. “Don’t take them seriously. They are such time-wasters; there are much more important things to focus on than be distracted with all this rubbish coming in each day.”
That evening Joanne picks me up and we go to our Bible study class where we are studying Hebrews. Derek reads chapter twelve right through. I suppress a giggle as he reads ‘let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.’ Yes, I can see spam there, so easily entangling and hindering; wasting our time and getting us distracted from what’s important. The contrast is verse two, ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith’. Wow, now there’s a focus - Jesus! Derek continues reading and I jump again at verses 14 and 15 – ‘Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no-one will see the Lord. See to it that no-one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.’ Hmmmm.
How is that for perspective? There’s nothing very holy about the content of those spam messages. I’ve been jealous of Joanne thinking she was getting all the fun emails, and I was missing out. I know they are rubbish, but still, you never know when one might be genuine. Now here is God gently reminding me to be thankful for his protection, and thankful for the protection of my ISP provider. By not getting spam I’m not missing out on anything important which I actually need. He provides all I need to live in peace with others, and Jesus is where my eyes should be fixed.
The important thing is to not miss out on the grace of God. In the messages I send to people, through email or by my life, am I showing the grace of God in my daily life, in my words, in my example? Am I like my computer – free from viruses and spam and all the rubbish that Satan would throw at me? Am I clean and receptive for messages from my heavenly Father, my eyes fixed on Jesus, fully immersed in the grace of God?
I can be thankful for God’s protection, for the filter of his Holy Spirit to screen rubbish out of my life and to keep me clean and pure for his glory.
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