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Points to Ponder: You and the Liberty Bell principle
Points to Ponder
You and the Liberty Bell principle
By Pastor Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer
Visit the Liberty Bell display in Philadelphia and look for the scripture it has borne since the day it was cast:
"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." (Leviticus 25:10)
It is from the portion of scripture that declared the year of Jubilee, when God's people Israel were to cancel debts, free their slaves, and return the land to its rightful owners. Hence, the reason we call it the Liberty Bell.
It encouraged our forefathers' fight for independence. Then it helped prick the conscience of our young nation by reminding us that the slave trade was a blatant example of national hypocrisy and sin. Thus abolitionists adapted the Bell as its symbol for the cause of liberating slaves.
Then the Women's Suffrage movement and the Civil Rights movement found inspiration in what the Liberty Bell declared.
The Liberty Bell bears an irreparable crack because of a flaw in its casting. Therefore, as a bell it is useless. Yet the message it bears in that one scripture verse was never hindered by that flaw.
That is a lesson for each of us who feels flawed and useless. Isn't it like us to be self-conscious of the imperfections and the ugly scars which sin have left upon our lives?
Show children a picture of the Liberty Bell. How can they tell it's the Liberty Bell and not just any old bell? They will point to the crack. Sometimes that's how people recognize each other; the flaws that mark them become synonymous with their identity.
Yet, the Liberty Bell principle is empowered by the Truth of God's word. Two key verses are helpful to see how this can work in you:
1. "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11).
It is the scripture borne by the Bell that became its message. It did not need to ring to proclaim it. Likewise, no human flaw can stop the purposes of God. Our job is not to be flawless (that's impossible). Our greater duty is to bear His word in the lives we live: ambassadors for Christ (II Corinthian 5:20-21), vessels in His service.
2. "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).
How else can we explain the inspiration symbolized in a broken bell that can never ring? Liberty is a gift of God, written into His law as a blessing to His people and example to the world.
In a sense the Liberty Bell bears its "life verse"; a concept that every believer can and should adopt. Choose a scripture verse - or several of them - and let the word of God define your life's mission. God speaks through His word. He does this, either in a direct way from the scripture itself, or through the life He has changed and molded by that word.
How does your life speak of God into the soul of another?
If you are dwelling more often on what's wrong with you rather than what's right with the Lord, then you are distracted. You and He need to talk.
Get into the Word so that the Word can get into you. Even if you're a little "cracked", God can use you in powerful ways.
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