Yesterday my wife mentioned she wanted to stop by a nearby hardware chain because dirt was on sale there and she needed some for her plants. Bottled water may soon be on sale too as running season gets into swing and the warmer months approach. Who would have imagined 100 years ago that the day would come when we would actually buy dirt and water!?
It is important that we not put out trust in anything but Christ. Things we think unchangeable today… things we take for granted as enduring baselines… may indeed not be. COVID-19 is currently and clearly shouting this message at us as well.
But human sinfulness has not changed. Mankind’s need for food and water has not changed. God’s covenant of “seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter” (Gen. 8:22) have not failed. And God’s remedy for our alienation from Him has ever endured unchanged. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”(Heb. 13:8). “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).
Technologies come and go. The fashions of this world fade away. “The rich,” writes James, “…will pass away like a wild flower… will fade away even while they go about their business.” (James 1:10, 11). Good and enduring things come only from God. “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:16-17). Peter concurs: “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (2 Peter 3:10). And Paul: “This world in its present form is passing away.” (1 Cor. 7:31).
The author of Hebrews names “two immutable things”: God’s promise and His oath (Heb. 6:18). And God has promised this world will end, He has given testimony that salvation is found only in Christ, and He has promised He will turn none away who call on Him in repentance and trust.
Though the price of dirt and water may rise, the gift of salvation has been paid for all who repent, believe, and make Christ their Lord. It costs you nothing and it costs you your life! You were formed from the dust of this earth and will return to it. Your life is a dirt cheap price to secure your soul for eternity.
To view Elder Jim’s Sunday message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the page from the church website. –
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