WORN OUT

Isaiah 51:6 Look up to the skies above, and gaze down on the earth below. For the skies will disappear like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a piece of clothing. The people of the earth will die like flies, but my salvation lasts forever. My righteous rule will never end!

I’m enjoying a few days of PTO this week. It turned cold here in south Mississippi. It’s deer season, and that means that it is time to get out into the woods and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. That also means it’s time to finally slow down a bit, and this girl needs a slow down period! This is a pretty busy time of the year for everyone, and if we aren’t careful, we may start feeling worn out.

Yesterday, as I was finishing up some last minute details for my job on my laptop, I noticed that several of the letters are worn off. I can barely make out the letters E,S, and C. I’ve only had this laptop a little over a year, but during that time, I have put it to great use. This particular laptop is used for my job only, and in just over a year, I’ve really started wearing it out. Why is that? I suppose it is because I used that laptop eight hours a day five days a week. I use it to chart my patient visits, to handle emails, to communicate with colleagues, and for virtual meetings. I use it all day every day. So, one could easily tell just by looking at the keyboard that I spend a lot of time on that silly laptop.

A large part of my time is spent working for my employer, and that is definitely important. God blessed me with the brains, talent, and compassion to be a nurse practitioner. And He charged me with doing the best job that I can. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23. But in reality, does a worn out laptop reveal that I’m a good nurse practitioner? Nope! This is evidenced in my performance. My skills are revealed in my timely completion of charts, meeting metrics, but most importantly, in how well I care for my patients.

I began pondering on old worn out things and exactly what that indicates. We all have that favorite shirt. It has been laundered more often than others because we love it, and therefore it’s probably worn out from repetitive use. What about that favorite pair of comfy shoes? Yes, they are wearing out quickly. But what about our Bibles, friend? Are they worn out?

I have several Bibles, but the one I use most often is made of some kind of synthetic leather like material. The cover is stiff and not very pliable. It hardly looks worn out at all. However, when I open the cover, I see that the binding is pulling away from the cover. The pages will soon begin to turn loose. As I fan the pages, I see lots of notes in the margins, underlined scripture, and asterisks. I see a well worn Bible, but I still must ask myself, does this worn out Bible reveal that I’m a good Christian? Nope! Unfortunately, I can know scripture back and forth, take notes in my Bible all day long, but if I never put foot to pavement, it does not benefit me or anyone else.

God gave us His Word, the instruction manual for life, the Holy Bible. He desires for us to read and study His Word, but reading and studying is not enough. Even Atheists know what the Bible says. We have to wear it out, friends. We can not merely study the Word. We must wear it on our minds and in our hearts. We must live it out. We must share it with others. We must have a personal relationship with Christ. It is our faith in Christ that makes us Christians.

Things of this world are temporal. Our stuff will get worn out. It’ll fade away. However, salvation is eternal. God’s love for us will never wear out. We may grow weary and worn, but Christ refreshes, rejuvenates, and renews our worn out bodies and minds daily if we rely fully on Him.

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