A father was having a difficult time getting his son to study and make good grades after he left home and entered college. Said the father, “Son, if you shave your beard, cut your hair, read your Bible and make no lower than a ‘B’ in all of your classes, I’ll buy you a car.”
The deal was made, the car bought, the Bible read but the beard and long hair remained. When the son came home for a weekend visit, the father asked, “Why have you not kept our deal?”
Said the son, “Well, I can’t find anywhere in the Bible where it says you have to have short hair and no beard.”
“Well,” said the Dad, “I can’t find anywhere in the Bible where it says you have to have a car, either.”
Paul states that “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. The new has come.” “In Christ” is one of Paul’s favorite phrases because of the change He made in his life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we look to You for salvation and You look to us for surrender and submission. Help us to live our lives in You and for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:19 ...that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (NIV)