Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Junk Box

Years ago, a store owner put a sign in his window, "Help Wanted." A boy named Crawford Hill came in an applied for the job. The owner told him, "Go up into the attic and you'll find a long, deep box up there. I want you to sort through all the junk in the box and separate the things that need to be saved from the things we need to throw away."

Crawford went up the stairs into the hot attic and began sorting through the box. For the next few hours, he separated bent nails from the good ones, and kept everything that was worth salvaging. When he got to the bottom of the box, he noticed a $20 bill laying on the bottom.

He scooped it up and ran downstairs, holding it in the air and shouting, "Look what I found in the box!" Then he handed it to the store owner. The owner smiled because he knew he had found a boy to work in his store.

You see, the old junk box was just a test. He had filled the box with nails, screws, and other items to test his faithfulness--to see if he would work in the hot attic without complaining, even though he didn't understand the purpose for the job. He planted the $20 bill at the bottom of the box to test his honesty. If he didn't report finding the money, he knew he couldn't be trusted with the cash register. Crawford passed the test.

Do you realize that you are sorting through a junk box whenever you are faced with a trial? God is watching to see if you'll be faithful and honest in spite of your difficulty, especially when you don't understand why you are going through it. Remember, it's a test. It's only a test.

I hope you'll hear your Master say, "Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master." (Matt. 25:21)
Kent
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Have You Been Brainwashed?

Webster's dictionary defines brainwashed as "to indoctrinate so intensely and thoroughly as to effect a radical transformation of beliefs and mental attitudes." When we hear the word "brainwashed," we normally think of a David Koresh-like commune of people who can't think for themselves. Like zombies, they blindly follow the orders of their wacky, off-the-wall leader. For sure, those people are brainwashed.

But what about the less than obvious forms of brainwashing? Is it possible the news media and other TV programs try to brainwash their viewers by slandering those who don't line up with their agenda? When a teenage girl in high school is pressured to compromise her beliefs to be in the popular crowd, isn't that also a form of brainwashing? The common denominators in brainwashing are the pressure to conform, the ridicule if you don't, and being led away from God's freedom and truth. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

I'd like to present a different idea about being "brainwashed." Our minds are dirty and we need to have them washed! Only the blood of Jesus can cleanse our guilty consciences and set us free. "How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Heb. 9:14). Although Jesus shed His blood 2,000 years ago, He can cleanse your mind with His blood today "through the eternal Spirit" who transcends time.

Do you need your brains washed? Confess your sins to Jesus Christ and His blood will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Keep looking up!
Kent
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