Church of Christ - 106 SW Murray Rd. Lee's Summit, MO 64081
WHAT SHOULD I CALL HIM?
Revelation 3:12 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
In one of the churches I work with periodically, an older husband and wife couple have been attending for several years. The sister was a christian, but her husband was not. I was at a loss as to what I should call him. I did not know their last name, and I have always considered it as a lack of respect to call those older than me by their first names. I did not know their last names. I called the wife “sister”, which came easily to my tongue. But I did not know what to call him! I did not want to call him “brother”, for he was not yet a christian, and I did not wish to mislead him in anyway, so I simply called him “sir”. It seemed very impersonal, and it probably sounded awkward, but at the time it seemed to be the best I could do.
Fortunately, at my last visit to the congregation, I learned my problem had been solved. It had been solved by the Lord! I learned he had been immersed very recently. Problem solved! Now I could call him “brother”! I was so thrilled. Certainly, I was very pleased to learn he was now a christian and a part of the most glorious body that has ever been established—The Lord’s body, the church of Christ. But I was also pleased to have my problem solved as to what I would call him, for the term “brother, is so appropriate, and it feels so right.
To add another very important point was that he is an older man, probably in his 80s. He has been in especially bad health over the past couple of years. He has recently been put on full-time oxygen, and he has a number of other serious health issues. Therefore, it was especially good news to hear of his conversion and repentance to the Lord in his probably latter years. May God’s name be praised for His Mercy and Peace, for He allowed another soul to come to Him! And I am also thankful another problem was indeed solved!
Matthew 20:14 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
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