The Word for Today
Written by Bob and Debby Gass
'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation...' 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
The story is told of a man reading a newspaper when he came across a map of the world. So he clipped it out, cut it into pieces and told his little boy to put it back together again. After a while the boy said to him, 'I've done it!' His father marvelled, 'As quick as that? How did you do it?' His son said: 'I turned it over and on the back was a picture of a man. I put the man together - and the world came together!'
You can't change the world, but Christ can change you, and when that happens, your world will start coming together. The Bible says, 'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!' But don't just give Jesus your heart; give Him your entire life. Yes, the thief on the cross found redemption in his dying moments, so there's no age limit when it comes to salvation.
But JO Wilson points out: 'Suppose that Paul had been converted at 70 instead of 25. There would have been no Paul in history. There was a Matthew Henry because he was converted at 11 and not at 70...A Jonathan Edwards because he was converted at eight and not 80; a Richard Baxter because he was converted at six and not 60. How much more a soul is worth that has a lifetime of opportunity before it, than the soul which has nothing! Lambs are of more worth than sheep in the realm of souls, as well as in the marketplace.'
Read the Bible in one year
2 Sam. 6:11-23
A careless word may kindle strife;
A cruel word may wreck a life.
A gracious word may soothe the way,
A joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress,
A loving word may heal and bless