Why do some people place more value on something they have but seldom use, rather than on something they could use but don’t yet possess? Can it be they cherish the object they rarely use and don’t want to give it up, and are unwilling to invest the time and effort needed to acquire what they don’t have but really need? A friend of an elderly man was visiting him and noticed an old clock on the wall. It was pretty and decorative but the pendulum was not moving for it to keep time. The old man told his friend that it broke down years ago and he hasn’t taken the time to get it fixed. “But,” said the senior citizen, “at least it gives the correct time twice a day!”

The same goes for how and why we do things. A young girl was watching her mother put a pork loin roast into a kettle and then in the oven. Even though the pot was large, her mother still cut off a portion before placing it in the container. So, she asked, “Mom, why do you cut off a part of the roast before you put it in the oven?” Her mother replied, “Because that’s the way my Mom always did it.” “But why,” inquired the girl? The mother said, “You’ll have to ask your grandmother.” So, the girl called up here grandmother and was told that she did the same thing because her mother did it. But she asked “Why?” the grandmother did know. It just so happened that the great-grandmother was still around, so the girl called her and asked the same question. The great-grandmother replied, “Because my roasting pan was too small so I cut off what was needed to make it fit.”

It isn’t a matter of not being up-to-date, it involves not being out-of-date. This is especially true of God’s Word. The world’s morals have sunk to an incredibly low standard if we can even call it a standard. When they are directed to the Bible and told what God said, they brush it off as being unrealistic and unnecessary. What they don’t know is that God did not give those instructions just to keep you out of trouble, but to get you into heaven.[1] Jesus made it clear when He said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments,”[2] and “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!”[3] So never think the Bible is outdated or irrelevant, it is a living document.[4] – Dr. Robert R Seyda

[1] Matthew 7:21-23

[2] John 14:15

[3] Luke 11:28

[4] 1 John  1:1-2

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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