Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Accept no substitutes

It's not uncommon to hear the phrase "accept no substitutes" in advertising.  Usually it centers around copy-cat products trying to ride on the coattails of some popular item.  Pharmaceutical companies deal with this when their drug patents run out and generic drugs can make the same chemical product and sell for less.  Not long ago I needed to buy word processing software for my home computer.  I looked over the prices of the flagship of word processing (Microsoft "Word") and then settled on a cheaper product that offered all the capability of Word at about 1/10 the price.  Unfortunately, what I saved in money I added in frustration as I wrestled with simple tasks like opening a new document and changing fonts.  Sometimes it's worth it to pay a little more.  When it comes to our spiritual food there are many good books, tapes, shows and seminars and they may have great merit.  There are also self-help programs, all kinds of meditation approaches and positive thinking guidance.  But when it comes to how we'll spend the limited time we have on feeding our inner person there just is no substitute for the Word (not Microsoft).  Nothing else bears the imprint of the author of life and no other program can explore our innermost being.
Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Only the Bible can give us the true reflection of who we are, where we are, and what we need....accept no substitutes!


Rob Smith

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