I kind of backed into this devotional. As I was praying about what scripture to write about for this week, I came across the title image. The words stopped me in my tracks for several minutes while I pondered all the ways that this short phrase could provide guidance in life. “Be who you NEEDED when you were Younger.” (Note: I only spent a short time trying to find who originated the quote and found it used in numerous works. Therefore, I will attribute it to Unknown as the original author is not as important as the value in the quote.)
This phrase is an excellent compliment to Jesus’ own words:
(Matthew 5:17-20) 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
I often quote Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I won’t go into all of the evils being perpetrated in the world today, but consider it sufficient to note that there is no shortage of evil present today.
Read the three statements again:
Jesus: “Whoever does [the commandments] and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Unknown: “Be who you NEEDED when you were Younger.”
I have long held that the greatest void in our society today is biblical truth. I’m not interested in the “truths” espoused by society as they are too frequently based on man’s opinion and/or personal desire for power. Biblical truth, in contrast, has a solid foundation upon the word of God. God is the source of all power and yet His greatest concern is your eternal well-being.
All three quotes encourage the man and woman of God to do two things: live by the word of God and teach it to others. Be who you needed when you were younger.
Whoever does [the commandments] and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19)
May you be the Godly example that the world needs. People are watching.