Next Door

Ecclesiastes 3:7

a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak.

When Dawn Johnson moved in next door, Hillary Harris was downright cold to her. “She would not acknowledge me whatsoever,” Dawn said. Hillary’s husband found out that Dawn was from Greenwood, Wisconsin. When Hillary was an infant, she had been adopted, and her adoption papers showed that she had a sister named Dawn Johnson from Greenwood. But Hillary and her husband just could not believe that this coincidence could be real–their new neighbor could not actually be her sister. That seemed like too much of a stretch. After doing a bit more research and talking with Dawn, it was officially confirmed. Hillary’s neighbor next door that she’d been brushing off was actually her long-lost sister.

This is very lovely story that touches anybody’s heart. Anytime, anywhere could be an opportunity to uncover God’s divine appointment for you. When the Lord instructed us to be His witnesses, He did not command us to go on our own initiative but wait for the Holy Spirit’s empowerment. The first century Christianity exemplified that relying upon the Holy Spirit is what we need to get involved in the advancement the kingdom of God. In Acts 8:29-30, 29 The Holy Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot. Stay near it.” 30 So Philip ran up to the chariot. He heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you’re reading?” Philip asked.  31 “How can I?” he said. “I need someone to explain it to me.” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

The story concluded that the eunuch believed and baptized in the name of Jesus after Philip explained the Scripture to him. Opportunities to witness for Christ can be realized when we attentively listen to the prompting of the Spirit of Christ in us. We don’t ignore demands of life but as we seek to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, our lifestyle becomes exhibits that Jesus Christ can rescue us from life concerns.

Lord Jesus, please fill and empower me with You Spirit always!

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