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Living and Lasting

1 Peter 1:24-25
For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands for ever." And this is the word that was preached to you.

Commercialism encourages us to live for today, to seize the moment and clinch the deal. We admire the successful, who win the wealth which others lose. Human knowledge, intelligence, business and management skills are valued in order to win a strategic advantage. But such gains are as fragile as we are. The truth is that none of us is here for very long, and few will remember us after we are gone. Much of what we work for will disintegrate, and whatever does remain will become the property of others. Although this is not the sort of thing that appears on company reports, it is as true as today's verse!

However God's Word remains fresh, vital, active, powerful, and (while used to benefit many) never loses its potency. The ministry of churches and missions investing the Word of God into people's hearts may be carried forwards by a succession of Godly people, but it is God's Word which has the cutting edge (Hebrews 4:12) and does the work. Even when the Word is ignored for years, it still changes lives to God's glory, when people listen. God's Word is not for human beings to build their own empires; but for God to build His own kingdom.

However foolish the gospel may appear, those who receive it are transformed by the power of God. Preaching the gospel in churches and missions will bring people to Christ. So will the one-to-one conversations where a believer explains how Jesus has changed their life. Do your friends and colleagues know the authentic Gospel? Why not arrange to read and discuss it together, or with a group of others at work. If you are unsure of how to explain it, click onto www.crosscheck.org.uk or download CrossCheck to a laptop/PDA and share it with others. Seize the moment; God's Word is giving people new life all over the world.

Prayer 
Almighty God. It is wonderful to know that You still speak through the Bible to convict sinners and bring them into Your kingdom. Help me to respect Your Word and to expect that You will work in people's lives as I share it with them. But in whatever way I work with You, may I never take the glory for what You are doing in building Your kingdom. For Jesus Christ's sake. Amen
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