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What Difference

Thomas said in response, 'My Lord and my God'
John 20:19-31

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Scripture Summary John 20:28


The deepest and most serious drama in the life of every one of us is the decision we make on whether to say "Yes" or "No" to God. At a certain level we do say "Yes," most of us. But then the question is, what difference does it make? You've got to get up tomorrow morning and it may be another rainy day. How will you face the day and how will you relate to people and what kind of life are you going to live in the midst of tomorrow's events? Many of us are living very busy lives. We hear young parents complain that the responsibilities of parenthood and the pressures of children's activities are so burdensome these days that there is no time for anything else. Serious quiet-time or prayer life or Bible study are far down on the list of priorities.

It was summed up beautifully by an eight-year-old in a TV interview. The child came from a large family in which mother got up first, got the children off to school, got the father off to work, and then got down to the business of daily household chores. At one point in the interview, the youngster was asked, "What do you think your mother wants most?" Unhesitatingly, he replied, "To go back to bed." There are times when the pressures and the demands get so heavy that most of us come up with that same feeling: we want to go back to bed and pull the covers up over our heads. ("Stop the world, I want to get off!") But, the question remains: What kind of life style do we aim to develop in the midst of all of this? What good does it do to talk about being created for God if it doesn't make a difference at breakfast tomorrow morning?

What good does it do to talk about being created in God's image if it doesn't make a difference at work on Monday morning? What good does it do to talk about Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior if it doesn't make [...]

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