by Wally Fry

Sunday, September 15

Setting Our Eyes on Heavenly Things

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal,” 2 Corinthians 4:18.

There is a term in reference to computer programs, garbage in garbage out. In other words, the output of any computer program or routine is only as good as the information that was input in the first place. Corrupt input produces a corrupt end product. This also happens to be a pretty fair analogy of what can happen with Christians now and then. Sometimes our Christian product is not what it should be, and we produce garbage and incoherence. That may seem harsh, but it is true.

God has provided all that we need to produce good Christian output. He gave us grace, His Son, and the strength and power to do it. He has built us ready and able to be successful believers. We are equipped by Him and ready to be taken off the shelf and put to use.

Yet, we have a role in the success of our Christian walks. What we put in our minds, what we think on, and where our focus is matters a lot. We tend to take on the characteristics of the ones we spend the most time with. If our minds are constantly filled with the world, and the things of the world, then acting like the world, will be our output. If we fill our minds with God’s Word and eternal things, then what we produce will be Christlike. Does this really matter? Of course, it does. What good is a Christian who is just a mirror of the world rather than Jesus?

JUST A THOUGHT: When nonbelievers look at us what do they see? Do they see something different?

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