Monday, June 2, 2014

We Need Christ

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

I have a theory that all people instinctively know they are fallen and long to be forgiven, restored—they want to change their behavior and get better. The great question is, How? Many have turned to “guilt-gadgets” to help in their pursuit of change. What are guilt-gadgets, you ask? Well, there was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Sit Up Straight, and Other Advice From Big Mother.” The article was about a new wave of electronic gadgets and apps that remind, cajole, pressure, threaten, judge, and nag us about what we’re supposed to do and how to punish ourselves when we fall short.

How about this one, a smart utensil, the HAPIfork. It measures how fast you eat while it encourages you to chew your food slowly. Another company developed a device that will chirp when you drive too fast, slam on your brakes, or other things your Mother wouldn’t like you to do behind the steering wheel. Or how about PostureTrack? It will beep when it catches you slouching. 

The truth is, we have all “fallen short.” That’s what Paul told the Romans: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23], and no electronic device will help us with the real change we need—a new heart. The real change we need comes through Christ, when we put our full and complete confidence in what He accomplished at Calvary’s cross. By faith, He fills our life with His presence and our lives change, not through performance, but through His grace. A Christ follower doesn’t need a gadget or app to change because we have Christ in us, “the hope of glory!”

For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27

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