Can You Be Flexible?

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Guest Editorial

IT ALL BEGAN with a simple incident.

“Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money” (Acts 3:2-3).

What was Peter’s response?

He could have said, “Old man, don’t bother me. Can’t you see we are on our way to prayer meeting? After all, this is the HOUR of prayer, this is the PLACE of prayer, and we are MEN of prayer. Some other time, perhaps, but not now. We have a fixed schedule, a regimented pattern of life, and an inflexible determination to hold to it.”

But he didn’t.

He had an entirely different reaction.

Flexibility was one of the hallmarks of these men.

I’m sure that three years with Jesus contributed significantly to that lifestyle.

If it wasn’t a woman with an issue of blood, or a hungry multitude that needed to be fed, it was a blind beggar calling out to the Son of David for mercy.

Interruptions and changed plans were nothing new to Christ’s companions. (Leroy Eims, “Disciples in Action,” p. 38)

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