Monday, December 28, 2015

Daily devotion: Something Old, Something New - Ecclesiastes 1:10

Ecclesiastes 1:10         Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. (NIV)

            I am fascinated by the current cinematic trend of remaking or re-envisioning old movies. For the last couple of years, it’s been difficult to find an original story or completely new series of pictures. Hollywood seems pre-occupied with retelling old tales with new actors and brilliant special effects, yet no matter how wonderful these remakes appear to be, it’s just the same old story presented in a different style or new media form.

            As I watch crowds of people lining up at the movie theaters, it makes me wonder if the church could not learn something from this post-modern phenomena. Are there new ways to retell God’s stories? Should we seriously consider using innovative media techniques to present our worship, our Bible studies, our programs, and our missions in order to reach a wider community?

The answer is, of course, ‘Yes.’ Christianity has always been good at adapting its faith to new innovative processes. The Gospel writers used commonly spoken Greek instead of obscure Aramaic to spread Christ’s message. The Reformers employed the printing press to produce Bibles in distinctive European languages to expand Protestantism. Missionaries travelled the entire world using ships, trains, automobiles, and planes to take the Gospel to other nations and indigenous peoples. And today, Christian pastors use the internet by uploading sermons, writing blogs, and posting pictures to reach people in their homes all over the world.

A long, long time ago, in Galilee far away, Jesus Christ lived, bringing a message of hope to His people and the rest of the world. His story is our history and we are the messengers of His words, works, and ways in our own homes, churches, and communities today. The Gospel may be almost 2000 years old, but its teaching is still relevant for every human being on this planet. As Christians, it’s up to us to present that old message in new forms, whether it be by texting Bible texts, sharing prayers on Facebook, or writing devotional blogs. The opportunities are both amazing and boundless: it’s up to us to use them to glorify God and expand Christ’s Kingdom across the globe.

Questions for personal reflection

How has my faith been shaped by current technology? How am I using that technology to share my faith?

Prayer:            Lord Jesus, we live in amazing times and have wonderful resources to share Your Gospel message with our families and friends, as well as our neighbors and strangers. Grant us new opportunities to express our faith in positive ways using the technology at our disposal. In Your Holy Name, we share and pray. Amen.

John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to ask questions or share your ideas about today’s message, please send him an email to

Today’s image is one of John’s latest Christmas drawings called “Messenger of the Miracle.” If you would like to view a larger version, please click on this link: Messenger.

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