2nd Half Ministries Devotion  


A really ‘cool’ young man bought one of the best cars around: a Ferrari GTO. He took it out for a spin and stopped at a red light. An old man on a moped pulled up next to him. The old man looked over at the sleek, shiny car and asked, “What kind of car ya' got there, sonny?”    “A Ferrari GTO; it costs half a million dollars.” “That's a lot of money,” said the old man. “Why does it cost so much?” “Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!” stated the young man proudly. The old man asked, “Mind if I take a look inside?” “No problem,” replied the owner. So the old man poked his head in the window and looked around. Sitting back on his moped, the old man said, “Yep, that's a pretty nice car, all right!”

Just then the light changed, and the driver decided to show the old man just what his fancy car could do. He floored it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer read 160 miles per hour. Suddenly he noticed a dot in his rear view mirror. It was getting closer! He slowed down to see what it could be, and – Whoosh – something whipped by him going much faster than he was going. “What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?” the young man said to himself. Then, ahead of him, he saw a dot rapidly coming toward him. Whoosh! It went by again, heading in the opposite direction….. It looked like the old man on the moped!  Couldn't be, he thought, how could a moped outrun a Ferrari? Once again, he saw the dot in his rear view mirror, followed by a bang as the speeding object coming towards him crashed into the back of his car. The young man jumped out and saw the old man who had been driving the moped lying on the pavement. He ran to him and asked, “Is there anything I can do for you?” The old man looked up at the young man and said, “You can unhook… my suspenders from your side-view mirror.” 

This little story reminds us that we should be careful what we get attached to! It is so easy to get attached to this world; its possessions, pleasure and power. It is not wrong to have some of these things, but if we allow our possessions to possess us, we’re in trouble! The worldly man boasts, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But the truth is, “He who dies with the most toys… dies!”  1 John 2:17 says, “The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” It would be good to ask ourselves today; what am I pursuing? Am I pursuing what the world offers me or am I pursuing the will of God for my life? 

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the good and perfect will of God is.” The Phillips translation of this verse clarifies the words ‘conform’ and ‘transform’ for us. It reads;

“Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold (conform) but let God remold your minds (transform) you from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God is good for you, and meets all His demands, and moves you towards the goal of true maturity.”

Because God wants what is best for us, He offers us the transforming power of scripture so that our minds might be renewed with godly principles.  That renewing enables us to live the life that God intended for each of us. Detaching ourselves from the world system may seem difficult, but by attaching ourselves TO Christ and His Word, the ‘detaching’ from the world will actually be easy!

Pastor Bruce Talso
2nd Half Ministries Director

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