[forthright] Paul's Bundle of Sticks

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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 11:08:19 -0700 (PDT)
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

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 by Guest Writer, Neal Pollard

After Paul and his shipmates survived a shipwreck and
landed on Malta, the stranded passengers found
themselves cold and wet in a strange place. The
natives, however, were friendly and built a fire for
them all (Acts 28:2).

It is interesting that Paul "gathered a bundle of
sticks and laid them on the fire" (3). This was when
Paul was bitten by an apparently deadly viper.

Somehow, in reading this part of Paul's journey to
Rome, I overlooked a fundamental fact that helped make
Paul great.

Paul did his part. When the others had built that
fire, Paul was not content to let the others do it
all. He did his share.

Not only that, he did his share even at great personal
cost. He did his share, though he might have
rationalized that he had already done so much and been
through so much.

Paul noted their unusual kindness which made them feel
welcome, and he showed his appreciation in a tangible

You may be a busy, active servant of God. You may have
done much in the past for the cause of Christ. Yet
think about how notable it is and inspiring to others,
when you gather your own bundle of sticks to help the
fire others have started.

It may be noted and remembered long after you are
Neal works with the Bear Valley church in Denver. This
article was published Apr. 28 in his Daily Bread and
used with his permission.

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