Lifelines

Are you a subscriber?

By BETTIE MARLOWE
Posted 2/26/19

Are you a subscriber?

No, I’m not talking about the newspaper. You would probably not be reading this if you weren’t a subscriber to the Banner.

The other day as I was preparing a lesson …

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Lifelines

Are you a subscriber?

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Are you a subscriber?

No, I’m not talking about the newspaper. You would probably not be reading this if you weren’t a subscriber to the Banner.

The other day as I was preparing a lesson in a motel room in Boise, Idaho, I noticed a message on the bottom of the TV screen which included the phrase: “Viewing these apps may require your personal subscription.”

“Wow!” I thought. Isn’t that true of being able to see (to understand) the Word of God. It will only be revealed through a “personal subscription.” It’s our personal relationship with God that enables us to know what He says to us. The revelation of God to us doesn’t come from belief and faith of someone else. It has to be personal. It has to be our own.

The Pharisees claimed kinship with Abraham made them righteous. But Jesus told them in John 8:39, “… If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.”

We see the same thing today.

“Are you a Christian?”

“I’m this-or-that.”

“Well, I was raised so-and-so.”

“I was born to Christian parents and they always took me to church.”

Or, “My Dad was a minister.”

But do you know Jesus?

Jesus told the young ruler, who said he had kept the commandments, “Sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me” (Luke 18:21). Matthew tells us that the young man went away sorrowfully. A “personal subscription” was too much to ask.

To Nicodemus, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5 KJV).

It’s not a matter of getting our name on a roll of a church or organization and thinking, “I’ll go to Heaven with the rest.”

There’s a song that asks: “Do you know my Jesus? Do you know my friend? Have you heard He loves you, and He will abide till the end?”

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