Positive Potential In Christ
Psalm 40:6-8; Romans 12:1
Merriwether Lewis, celebrating his thirty-first birthday, confided in his diary a disappointment in not using his life to a greater advantage. He had spent too many hours indolently wasting time he should have profitably spent on worthwhile projects. On July 11, 1812, John Quincy Adams also confided in his diary a dissatisfaction with his personal life. He was then forty-five years old and moaned that indolence and infirmity had caused him to misuse and abuse his time. Interestingly, both men were even then engaged in significant careers: Lewis was undertaking his epochal journey to open up the American West; and Adams was serving as American Minister to Russia.
We understand their woes. We, too, order our body, only to have it insolently refuse our summons. We command it to feats of duty, righteousness, and virtue, only to see it buckle to grief, weariness, and temptation. Paul described his life in similar terms (Romans 7:14-24); still, he marveled that God’s creative genius, which fashioned a perfect body from the dust as a fit vessel for his image, could, in a saving grace equal to his genius, refashion and indwell that fallen body through conversion (2 Corinthians 4:6-7). Christ’s birth as God in the flesh forecast the positive potential for our bodies in Him.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone!
But By EVERY Word That Comes From God Above!
Psalm 40:6-8, Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”
Romans 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. -Longfellow
A buried talent is never a buried treasure. Talents become treasures only through use. -Rupert
They are able because they think they are able. -Vergil