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Better for Christ

Without Christ we’re lost in the filth and squalor of sin. Our destinies are doomed without his sacrifice “…for there is no other name under heaven among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NKJV).

Jesus is the only way to salvation and subsequently heaven (John 14:6). His blood erases our sin so we can be free of the wretched stain (Revelation 7:14).

God’s grace can elevate us above the sinful (Ephesians 2:8-9) and transform us through the gospel (Romans 12:1-2). Therefore, we’re strengthened by his mighty power (Ephesians 1:19) to walk in his light (1 John 1:5-7).

We’re servants to his glory (John 13; Ephesians 3:20-21) and we’re to do all that we can to change the lives around us (Matthew 5:13-16; 28:18-20). Let’s never relax and wait for Christ to act since we’re created to be Christ’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10).

“A man will remain a rag-picker as long as he has only the vision of a rag-picker.” (O.S. Marden).

We’re all capable of being better. In Christ, self-improvement has never mattered more or been as realistic. In his hands, we can be better than we’ve ever been.

The one-talent man couldn’t do something great, so he did nothing (Matthew 25:14-31). We allow Christ to mold us every day through humility, prayer, study and fellowship.

Never give God the crumbs because he deserves nothing better than our best (Proverbs 29:18). Langston Hughes said, “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”

Why would we dishonor Christ with mediocrity? Let us grow and prosper today (3 John 2).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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