The Source Matters

How much would you pay for a baseball? Not a baseball made of gold—one made of leather with red stitching just like any other baseball. You can get a whole bag of baseballs from a place like Wal-Mart for about $20. So what is the maximum you would pay for a baseball?

What if I told you the ball had been used in a Major League Baseball game?

What if I told you the ball had been hit for a home run?

What if I told you the ball was Mark McGwire’s 70th home run from the 1998 season?

Well, someone paid $3 million for that particular baseball.

Why? What made that ball so valuable?

It was deemed valuable because of the person with whom it was connected. The source matters!

What makes the Bible different from any other book? It is from God. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

What makes the Church different from any other institution? It is from God. “Pay careful attention to your selves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).

Why are we so special? What makes mankind different from the plants and animals? We are made in the image of God. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…so God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:26-27).

Because God exists and has created, there are numerous things that become valuable and important just because they are from God. “And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Heb. 5:9).

The source matters.

Bart Warren
S. Green St. church of Christ
Glasgow, KY

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