by Darla Noble
He said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been made a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a householder, who brings out of his treasure new and old things.”
During the Civil War thousands of soldiers lost their limbs…and their lives because of medical procedures that were rudimentary and barbaric by today’s standards, but for the day, they were as good as they had.
Polio? It has been all but wiped out thanks to the vaccine invented by Jonas Salk. Prior to the vaccine, tens of thousands of people in the United States became paralyzed by the disease each year. Several thousand even died.
The Ethiopian Eunuch was trying to understand God’s teaching by reading the words of Isaiah the prophet, but he couldn’t make sense of it or how Isaiah’s prophecies had been fulfilled because he didn’t have the ‘rest of the story.’ But when Philip provided him with the message of the Gospel, he knew he needed to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the Holy Spirit.
As Christians, we need to be careful that we don’t become complacent, comfortable, and even lazy in our attitude toward spiritual growth and maturity. We can never know enough about God’s Word. We must always be reading and studying to become more like the Master.
God, help me want to know more about You. Guard my heart against laziness and over-confidence in me. Open my heart and mind to Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.