A Few Bible Thoughts For Your Day
Posted by: Eddie Ingram
Date: Mar 01 2017 3:23 PM
I hope your week is off to a great start. We'd love to have you here for Bible class tonight at 7. For now, here are a few thoughts.
Before And After
One of the most persuasive arguments for a product is the before and after effect. You see this often on television and in the newspaper. Sometimes they show a man without hair, then how he looks after he has used the latest hair regrowth product. Many times there is a noticeable difference. (Sometimes he looks worse than he did without hair.)
What kind of evidence are we to the power of the Word of God? Paul talked about his before and after with Jesus: "... though I was before a blasphemer and a persecutor and injurious; howbeit I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly and in unbelief" (1 Timothy 1:12-13). Paul's change was so dramatic that many people could not believe it. This caused people to ask questions and to investigate. It gave Paul an opportunity to tell men what changed his life. David could say, "Before I was afflicted I went astray but now have I kept thy word." David is appealing to his before and after. Mark tells of the demoniac who lived in the tombs. Men had to bind him with fetters and chains, but he would break them into pieces. He was riddled with self-inflicted cuts from the stones, but after he had been with Jesus he was clothed in his right mind, sitting at the feet of Jesus (Mark 5: 1ff).
God has a picture of each of us before and after. Is he pleased with your progress? Are you a good recommendation for Christ? Peter talked about men and women who have become worse than they were when they started, and what a terrible fate. He said, "It is like the dog turning to his own vomit again and the sow that was washed wallowing in the mire" (2 Peter 2:20-22).
Remember, this is the ultimate and final evidence in a Christian's life - not how much Bible you know, nor how many church services you attend, nor how many prayers you pray, but rather, are you like Jesus? It was said of the early church, "They took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus" (Acts 4: 13).
Have a great rest of the week!
Enon Church of Christ
1366 Enon Rd.
Webb, AL 36376