Pastors Message for March
The truth about ‘saving’
How often do we ‘kid’ ourselves? How often do we do something, thinking that we are getting a real benefit, only to find out that there is no real benefit after all?
Take for example Daylight Saving. Do we actually ‘save’ any daylight? It would seem to me there is still the same number of hours of daylight, regardless of whether we put the clocks backward or forward. If we are really serious, we actually do not ‘save’ any daylight hours, we merely adjust the use of our time to better capitalise on the hours of daylight available to us.
What about all the signs advertising ‘sales’ and ‘bargains’ in the supermarket, clothing stores and tech stores. Are we really saving money? And, what money are we saving? Again, if we are honest with ourselves, the only thing we are saving is the difference between what the sale price is saying and what the shop owner says is the full price. The question then has to be asked, would we buy those goods at full price? If not, then we haven’t saved anything. On the contrary, we have actually spent more than we had initially intended. Such is the power of marketing, to get us to buy what we normally wouldn’t buy, and probably what we don’t really need. So often, when people say they are saving you something, it’s not true.
What about the message of the Bible? In the Bible we are told of God’s plan for saving us. From what does He want to save us? I think the answer is from ourselves, and our poor and wrong choices in life. For so many people today, their lives are in a mess, because they think they can manage their lives without a relationship with God. Are they really kidding themselves? The Lord Jesus came to show us a better way, not so much that we may save, but that we may ‘be saved’. Consider the following: ‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.’ (John 10:10) Is this just another marketing ploy, or is there something in this ‘Jesus’ that we need to really check out?
Pastor Bruce Roberts
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