The Only One Standing
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The church we attended in New Jersey grew a lot over the years. So much so, that it was hard to spot visitors. So, our pastor would ask first-timers to stand and introduce themselves right where they were. He'd take one section of the sanctuary at a time, and ask the visitors to stand and introduce themselves.
Well, our family brought our share of visitors, and many of their faces went through three or four colors when they were asked to stand up! We brought Nancy one day. When the pastor mentioned standing up, we gave her that "How about it, Nancy?" She gave us a look back. I would interpret it as saying, "No way!" Well, you can't blame people. I mean, most of us have a pretty great fear of being conspicuous, and hey, what if no one else stands?
As sin seduces more believers, you'll need the courage to feel a little old fashioned, a little lonely even at church, but you've got to remain standing. People sometimes feel conspicuous when they're asked to stand at our church. Well, more and more, discipleship will mean what it did in Shadrach's day: the courage to be conspicuous; to be even among God's people - the only one standing.
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