Who Believes

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When I got up this morning, I was planning to go to a funeral later in the day.

The sister of a dear friend of mine had passed away after battling cancer.

A couple of hours later, I received a phone call with the news that my cousin, who was also battling cancer, had died.

Both my friend’s sister and my cousin were Christians.

I know they are both with Jesus now and that is a comfort to me and to their families.

After leaving the funeral this afternoon, I drove to the cemetery.

As I was leaving the grounds, I noticed some beautiful red flowers blooming at the entrance by a brick wall.

Flowers so vibrant and full of life!

For those of us who know Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we will live for eternity with Him.

Vibrant and full of life, as well.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in the conversation between Jesus and Martha when her brother, Lazarus, had died, just before He raised Him to life.

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

—John 11:23-27

My cousin and my friend’s sister believed that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God.

Do you?

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He is a Christian

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I love frogs.

To me, they are delightful creatures, full of color and full of voice.

And, of course, they hop.

Really well.

All frogs are not the same, however.

I’ll admit that while there are certain frogs you could safely hold in your hand, there are others that could kill you.

I guess that’s why I know some people who are terribly afraid of all frogs.

It would be good, especially for those folks, to be able to distinguish one frog from another.

Last night, I noticed a tree frog on the wall of the front entryway of my home.

Pleased at his presence and the photo opportunity, I got my camera and snapped a couple of shots.

Not being quite sure exactly what kind of tree frog he was, I did some internet research.

I found a diagram comparing the toes of two species in my area.

I also found a photo completely matching the frog on my wall.

What was he?

A squirrel tree frog.

More properly, Hyla squirella.

He had the same eyes as the internet photo.

His  green color was the same on his back.

His hind legs had a matching tan color.

He was sitting the same way.

The shape of his toes matched, as well.

There was no mistaking it—he was a squirrel tree frog.

 

It’s not that easy to identify types of people, at least by sight.

Who looks kind and good?

Who looks honest?

Who looks loving?

Looks can be deceiving, because it is the heart that tells just who a person is.

Who looks like a Christian?

We can’t tell by the color of skin, hair or eyes.

We can’t tell by the measurement of height or weight.

1 John 2:6 says,

“Anyone who says he is a Christian should live as Christ did.”
If our lives—how we talk and the things we do—could be placed for comparison beside how Jesus talked and what He did, would anyone consider it a match?

 

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