Have you ever signed up for a two-week trial of a streaming service and then just used a different email address to sign up again after those two weeks were over? Maybe you actually liked some of what you were getting, but you didn’t want to get financially invested—at least not for $10.99 a month.
Imagine you’re a Northerner living in the South doing business toward the end of the Civil War. In your business, you’ve accumulated a lot of Confederate money. But you see that the South is going to lose the war. Soon all of your Confederate money will be worthless. So, what should you do with it?
Pride makes us look foolish. Pride is the root sin behind so many other sins and spiritual dysfunctions. Pride was at the heart of Adam and Eve’s first rebellion. No wonder C.S. Lewis called pride the granddaddy of all sins.
Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, the long-awaited King. They tried to redefine him, but he wouldn’t have that, so they killed him. But then God overturned their verdict with his own, the resurrection, declaring Jesus to be both Lord and Messiah. And now, like those whose opinion was overruled, we have to choose: Is Jesus who he says he is, or is he who we say he is?
The Jews’ problem, Paul says, is not that they lack zeal for God. Paul says the problem is that their zeal, admirable as it is, is not pursued with an accurate knowledge about God because your zeal for God is only valuable if it is attached to the right truths about God.
Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim the English Channel, decided in 1952 that she wanted to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast, about 26 miles. No woman had ever done that before.