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Look For The Good

Use your discerning eye to look for the good, where Christ might open a door of opportunity for you.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 1:46, ” And Nathaniel said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ “

Background

In 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard flipped a coin. On the line was the same thing that’s usually on the line when two people flip a coin – who was going to go first. Depending on whether it was heads or tails, the coin was going to determine whether these two electrical engineers became known for Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett. Almost forty years later, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak would famously launch Apple Computer from the garage of Jobs’ parents. But before they seemingly invented the idea of working out of a garage, Hewlett and Packard started their technology business in Packard’s garage with a mere $538 in raised capital. Originally, Hewlett-Packard, or HP as they are now generally referred to, developed oscillators and other electronic devices, but they eventually entered the computer market in the mid 1960’s, going on to become the mega giant corporation that they are today.

Ironically, Steve Wozniak was working for HP in 1975 when he developed Apple’s first computer and offered it to them, but they refused, intending instead to service the scientific and industrial markets. HP and Apple are not the only successful companies to be birthed in a garage. Mattel and its Barbie doll came from a California garage, as did the ubiquitous Google. Investors or customers may have balked at the idea of giving money to a company that was operating out of a garage, but that didn’t stop these fledgling outfits from eventually becoming leaders in their industries. They had the goods, and the end result proved it.

Application

When Nathaniel heard that the supposed Deliverer had come, and that He was from Nazareth, he had serious doubts. Nazareth was on the wrong side of the tracks. But Jesus had the goods, and the end result proved it. You and I will often hear or read something and immediately our focus goes to what must be wrong about it. We are critical in that way. But shouldn’t our focus be more on the hope of Jesus rather than the futility of man?

Charge

As we seek Him today, use your discerning eye to look for the good, where Christ might open a door of opportunity for you, rather than the point where you can tear something down.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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