Joshua 24:15, “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Galatians 4:12, I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong; . . .
Galatians 4:19, My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you– . . .
Nothing Else Will Do
Bernard Baruch had been a successful Wall Street investor before serving in various national and international capacities during World War I. He went back to Wall Street after the war, but his plunge into international waters made New York’s financial affairs seem like a puddle.
As a basketball coach, Digger Phelps felt he had reached his professional zenith when he was chosen to coach at Notre Dame. Yet he altered his perspective after a trip to Europe in 1975. He had not known that a world of culture could be so fabulous. When he returned, paintings replaced trophies in his office, classical music took the place of hard rock, and he started wearing three-piece suits instead of colorful sports jackets.
The apostle Paul had such an experience. At one time he was convinced that Moses personified truth and savagely persecuted anyone who disputed it. Then came the change! Someone, whose blinding incandescence shone through the midday Syrian sun, appeared and opened Paul’s heart even as He closed Paul’s eyes. From that moment, having met the living Christ, Paul had a new perspective on life. Human pride was replaced by God’s grace, pedigree was replaced by faith, and trust in what he could do was replaced by what Christ had already done. Once we see Christ that way, we are all the same – it helps us replace what now matters so greatly with what truly matters ultimately.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Christ is the only transforming power there is and we strive in vain without Him whether we are building a life or a country. – Rosalie Mills Appleby
Christ is not valued at all unless he be valued above all. – St Augustine
Feed on Christ, and then go and live your life, and it is Christ in you that lives your life, that helps the poor, that tells the truth, that fights the battle, and that wins the crown. – Phillips Brooks
To become Christlike is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain. – Drummond