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22:4 Cinderella Story

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Bathilde

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4.

Bathilde may have been the original Cinderella. Born into a noble family she was captured and sold as a slave to the French court. Serving there as a kitchen maid, tradition says she handled herself with such dignity and modesty she attracted the notice first of a prince and then of the king. Eventually she became Queen of France, and after the death of the king, became regent for her son. Because of her bitter taste of slavery, she sought to ease and limit the practice, offering new life to many slaves by buying them and setting them free. A woman of faith, she spent the last years of her life in a convent.

Bathilde did not voluntarily humble herself, but allowed grace to work in her situation. Jesus, by contrast, willingly humbled himself. Highest and noblest, he stooped to be lowest. He even identified himself with criminals. In his agony, he feared God, and said, “Not my will but thine be done.”

As a consequence, in a far greater way than Bathilde, he freed people from slavery–slavery to sin. He became poor so we might be rich. He was dishonored so that we might become partakers of glory. He died so that we might have eternal life. Everything now belongs to him. He has the name above all names. He has the power of a resurrected life.

3:1-2 Long Life

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Proverbs 3:1,2.

Science confirms this proverb. A careful study made in 1999 by Robert A. Hummer et al showed that people who attend church or synagogue regularly more than once a week live longer—on average 7.5 years longer.

Part of this may be due to the fact that belief changes conduct. Changed conduct often leads to greater peace, financial prosperity, and self-control. John Wesley is said to have mourned over his new converts, lamenting that they would now prosper, giving up wicked and costly habits, and prosperity would make them grow cold toward God.

Life on earth may be lengthened by faith practices. Faith in Christ leads to far more than a few years longer on earth, however. It leads to eternal life. “Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life.”