Shopping, shopping and shopping. Most have already started doing some shopping and if you have not started yet you will be among the many more that plan on doing it quite a bit over the next few weeks. Electronics, clothes, toys, toys and toys are the targets of most.
“Toys” have come a long way since I was kid and even further for those of you that are only a few years older than me. Toys used to require some imagination from kids but now they come ready to talk, move, act, react, light up, fly off and even learn from its interactions. But in all the technological advances that toys have made one toy that is rather “low-tech” but “big-thinking” has managed to hang in there. It’s Legos. These building blocks have caused kids to think while having fun for over fifty years now and it’s from these little toys that I want us to learn an important spiritual lesson from.
The most amazing thing about the Lego brand building blocks to me is that the blocks that were created back in the 1950’s still fit the blocks that roll off the line today! It’s because they use the same pattern to create the blocks today as they did over five decades ago. Isn’t that a novel idea – use the same pattern and you get the same result every time and it just naturally fits no matter how old it becomes. Is this some kind of new principle? Not in the least. It’s a principle used by God for millenniums. He has given us the spiritual pattern and the spiritual words to build our spiritual lives on and it will fit if we follow it.
When we turn the pages of the New Testament to the 2nd chapter of the book of Acts we find something amazing happening. We find a group of people that had their souls stained with sin. The same effect of sin can be found today. We read how Peter preached to them a gospel that could lead them to salvation. The same gospel can be heard today. We read of how the audience was “cut to the heart” when they realized their undone condition. The gospel can have the same effect today. Then the audience asked what to do to be saved. The same question can be asked today. Peter answered by saying, “repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) The same answer should be given today. We read of how they responded to the Holy Spirit inspired commands and were saved; being added to the church by the Lord. Now I ask you, “Is that not what we should do today?” Do you see a pattern there?
God has left His pattern. When a person obeys the gospel by following the pattern that we find in Acts 2 they are saved; not by the plans of men but by the unchanging plan of God. We cannot expect to follow some other pattern and still get the same result. It really is that simple. Follow the same pattern – get the same results (1 Peter 1:22-25).
Now if people can recognize this principle in toys, then why not in God’s word? “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it…” (Psalm 127:1). These truly are words we can build on.