During a recent clean-up of a forgotten corner of the church, artifacts from the past began to emerge. Among them, a portable electric typewriter and a box of cassette tape recordings.
The typewriter is still usable, but why bother when a computer can do so much more? The cassettes contain valuable information and inspiration, but no one can hear it. At one time, they gave voice to the Gospel message. Now they are silent.
Each new generation of technology quickly makes the last obsolete. As we celebrate the new, let’s not forget it’s the MESSAGE, not the means, that is most important.
How can we harness new techniques to give voice to the unchanging message of God’s love? How can we be sure the message doesn’t die with the old cassettes, 8-tracks and CD’s?
The best “technology” is already in God’s plan: A face-to-face, heart-to-heart, person-to-person recounting of God’s working in our hearts and lives, based on the written Word of God. That Word, written in our hearts, and passed on to others, will live forever. Jesus said it: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Mark 13:31)
So—speak it, repeat it, share it, believe it! Never underestimate its enduring power.
I will do my part to keep God’s Word alive by sharing its message personally with those around me.
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