John 13:20 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives thone who sent me.” This is a very powerful bible verse…. Think about it for a moment. How can this apply to me in my work….my career relationships; my home and family relationships; and social and peer groups? Suppose that we are working on a very serious project that requires all of our skill-sets, our complete commitment, our sharpened focus; all of our monetary resources; all of our collaborative energies; and yet, we are on the brink of failure. What’s next? Suppose further, that a little known, poorly thought of… nerdy-type… goof-ball…comes along and says…”Here’s what I recommend that you do….” How would you react to this un-solicited offer to help? Should you even listen? Maybe this fellow is not even “a real person.” Maybe, he’s a “guardian angel” of sorts. Maybe he was sent to your rescue by the Supreme Being… Our Lord Jesus Christ. Maybe he was sent to “save the day.” But, of course…we’re all reluctant to accept this fellow’s advice and guidance; yet… what he’s recommending… is all very sensible. It is all very plausible. Um… why not THINK about it ….maybe give it a try….maybe, just maybe… it will work. But in the long run…we decide to ignore the young man’s warning and advice, and we end up “selling out” and taking our loses…all because “we know it all.” But the “young man” (or maybe…guardian angel) goes along with the sale. And, the new owners take his advice, and the company then takes “our idea” and all of our hard work, all of our investment, and turns it into a multi-million-dollar PROFIT. Now…. John 13:20 is beginning to make sense. We probably think this is not likely or possible…. As, it’s all a “day-dream.” But remember… this is the same God that showed Moses how to part the Red Sea; He’s the same God who saved Daniel in the Lion’s Den; and the same God who raised Lazarus from the dead; and the same God who fed 5000 followers on a basket of a few fish and loaves of bread; and the same who died on the cross and raised from the dead 3 days later. So, before you start thinking that I’ve gone crazy… remember, if God can do all of these things, then certainly He can save a small, local, failing company. The moral of this story is one NEVER knows who God is sending in to help, and what form that help may take. If our “heart is not open to God,” or those that He sends to help us; then who is it open to? Too often, we lowly humans, think we are “all-powerful,” but find soon that we cannot mock God. When we hear the call… when we hear God talking to us, and we don’t understand, or don’t trust Him… then we need to question our relationship with God. If we were in “true-fellowship,” with Him…then we will hear when He calls out our name, and we will recognize Him and do as He instructs. Matthew 7:21-23 tells us…“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” …Blessings…cjlb…9/1/14.