Jesus once said that if you hear these words of His and you don’t put them into practice, then you are a fool. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of God will be forever.” After my father died, I was going through his Bible. I found this story tucked in it: Two men living on an island of Okinawa came across a Bible, which had been left in their community by a missionary. The men read the book, and through it accepted Jesus as their Savior. One of them eventually became the leader of the town. The other started a school where the Bible was studied. Eventually, through their witness, the whole town was converted to Christ. When the American army entered the village during WWII without any resistance, the military was astonished to find that, in comparison with other Okinawa communities, this one was clean and orderly and happy. One hard-boiled sergeant walking through the community after hearing the story of the two men and the Bible said, “I just can’t figure it: this kind of people coming out of only a Bible and a couple of old guys who wanted to live like Jesus.” Well, I get it. It’s called a transformation of people who take God’s word to heart and apply it in their lives. Why don’t you begin to do that today?
– Dr. Tim Thompson