Is there anything in your home you replaced because it was obsolete? Maybe an electronic device which was the absolute must have until the next latest and greatest superior thing came along? I believe it safe to say each of us has something like that.
For me, something I needed to replace was my Nikon FE2 camera. Not because I thought it inferior, but because I broke it during a tragic fall wandering around the Aztec ruins of Chichen Itza, Mexico.
I loved that camera. It accompanied me on numerous trips all over the world. It was familiar. Comfortable. I knew how to operate it. I knew how it performed. I saw no reason whatsoever to look for a replacement until that fateful day.
Although I did revert to a different Nikon I already owned after losing the FE2, in my mind nothing was superior to that camera. Nothing.
Through the years Pilot tried to convince me to give up shooting pictures with film, and switch to digital. Nope. Wasn’t interested. Until one Christmas I gave in, and he gifted me with a digital Nikon D5000.
The new camera has its advantages.
Lighter. Less cumbersome. Ability to see pictures I shoot immediately.
No need to purchase film or have it developed. Definite plus these days.
Still … I attached quite a bit of sentiment to the FE2.
Comparing my resistance to changing my camera habits reminds me of the Jewish leaders who insisted on sticking with the old, comfortable, familiar way they practiced their religion.
They knew what they needed to put into their religion, and knew what they could expect from it. They saw no need to change, even when the Superior Way of Jesus Christ stood right in front of them.
Some of us react the same way today when we study a familiar scripture, and God sheds light on a different way to look at what his words say.
Or maybe that familiar passage requires us to examine our lives in a way we’d rather not, because doing so means we must change how we live or how we treat others or how we treat God.
We like our traditions. We like our comfortable, reliable.
We don’t like thinking maybe there’s a better, superior way than what we’re already doing.
There are aspects of my FE2 I miss. But you know what? I don’t want to return to it. Just as I sure wouldn’t want to return to a religious system that required an animal or grain sacrifice every time I sinned.
I am so very grateful for Jesus Christ, The Superior Way. The Son of God. Perfect Sacrificial Lamb who died once. For all.
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Christ is not like other religious leaders. They had to give gifts every day on the altar in worship for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. Christ did not have to do that. He gave one gift on the altar and that gift was Himself. It was done once and it was for all time. Hebrews 7:27 (NLV)
I wish you well.
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