I just received a message informing me that a Java update was ready to be installed on my computer. I needed to click okay. Somewhere in the process it informed me I had to close my browser for the update to complete installation. After a while I was instructed to click okay indicating my agreement. And finally my computer said, “Congratulations you have the recommended Java Version 7 update number 71.”
Today I received a message informing me that God has a virtue update ready to be installed in my character. “I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 I said, “Okay.” In the process I thought of something I needed to change for the update to complete installation. I agreed. Then I received a message saying, “Well done!” Matthew 25:23. I now have Virtue Version 7 update number 26,370. I need a daily update.
What I find excitedly satisfying is unlike my computer that can be impaired by a power shortage my heavenly connection isn’t dependent on manmade grids with wires and transformers. The heavenly transformers are always online ready to supply my every need.
You might have noticed that I did not quote all of Matthew 25:23 which would have referred to me as “good and faithful servant.” That would have been grossly presumptuous. I would be more comfortable with “grateful servant.” One day in church I heard someone pray, “Lord, keep me humble as I already am.” I about choked on that personal comfort with a virtue that is most difficult to maintain. Isn’t it grand to have updates so readily available? Each update makes us more like God wants us to be.
Written by Roger Bothwell on October 15, 2014
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