Sunday, November 26, 2017

Daily Devotion: The When of Understanding

Bible Reading: John 3:1-7

Key Verse: Verse 4 – “Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"

Key Words: when he is old

Reading the words of Nicodemus in response to Jesus reminds me of I Corinthians 2:14---“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

A man went to his friend’s house to hang out and watch television. His friend had a small 13” color TV, but they both sat down and relaxed in front of what turned out to be a great movie. The young man jumped up during a commercial and proclaimed that he intended to run back to his house and continue the movie on his brand-new 19” color TV.

So the man goes home, turns on his 19” color TV set, and doesn’t get the movie. He keeps turning channels, but can’t find the movie. Even though the picture is sharp, he can’t get the movie. Even though he’s got great sound, he doesn’t get the movie. He had no idea that his friend, even with his little-bitty TV, was hooked into a satellite that gave him the ability to pull down that great movie. His friend had the ability to pull a picture from up above that he himself did not have access to. The man may have had a bigger and better TV set but he couldn’t get reception because he didn’t have cable.

If you are a Christian, you have cable. You have access to God’s viewpoint. If you are a non-Christian, you may have a bigger set, but you don’t have cable. You can’t hook in and link into a divine frame of reference no matter how expensive your life is, no matter how much money, and no matter how much power or prestige you have. So many non-Christians have a lot to show of this world, but they can’t pull in a divine picture because they don’t have a good cable connection. This is the state of natural man---what a shame.

What to do:
✞ Remember—what good does it do to gain the whole world and lose your own soul?

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