So Long Time – And Yet
Have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
Poor, dull, matter-of-fact Philip! Three years with Jesus, His preaching, His teaching, His miracles, Himself – and yet! “Shew us the Father and it sufficeth us.” And for three years he had been looking right at the supreme revelation of the Father! “So long time – and yet!”
But we have no business feeling embarrassed and ashamed of Philip. For two thousand years we have had His presence, His church, the Spirit, the Word – and look at us! And some of us are well over life’s hill and He has been with us all the way – so long time and yet! How poorly we know Him, how slow of heart to believe, how little like Him!
No, I will blush for Philip, I will blush for myself. Is there a duller disciple anywhere? Forgive me, Lord. I need shed no tears for Philip, I should weep for myself.
“So long time…and yet!”
WHEN THE CIRCUS DID NOT HINDER
Having favour with all the people…but the people magnified them.
Acts 2:47; 5:13
“It will be a bad week for our revival. We have the fair, the concert, the circus, football this week. The Sons and Daughters of I Will Arise have a supper, the high school has a dance.” On and on it goes, while defeated church members build up their alibis. Any church that has to take a back seat and fearfully anticipate every side show that blows into town is already beaten. We have developed an inferiority complex before the world, the flesh and the devil, and apologetically we take what is left in attendance after our worldly members have gone where they really belong.
The Early Church did not quake every time the ungodly had a spree in Jerusalem. The saints in Rome did not have the blues because attendance would be cut by a gladiatorial contest in the Colosseum. They had a robust, world-shaking power of their own that eventually put the Colosseum out of business. If we recovered that we would leave our little hot-chocolate huddles in church basements and give the world today a demonstration that would make its little affairs look like firecrackers beside atom bombs.