And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging (listening) to one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25
Several weeks ago, I could not help but notice a “new boy” attending. He had heard his friends talking about the children’s program – the activities, the fun, the stories, all that was happening – and he wanted to be a part of the group. His parents, who were Muslim, told him he could not attend. He cried, begged, he would not give up, he wanted to be with his friends. In exasperation the mom finally gave in and came with him, but stayed to supervise him… He sat quietly with his friends hearing the story of Daniel and obeying God. He heard how Daniel lived a life that pleased God. He heard about God’s protection and how we must follow God every day, make good choices and obey him, and how it is possible for us to live our lives like Daniel, if we believe in Jesus.
The following Sunday, the boy’s dad offered his tricycle to help us to transport the chairs and equipment we use to set up for the morning service. Good choices are the proof of a life that is committed to Jesus and His ways; they (may) have the ripple effect of filling and changing many lives “with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:11).