Our verse for today comes from John 7:15, ” And the Jews marveled, saying, ‘How does this Man know letters, having never studied?’ “
Thomas Edison is as responsible for our way of life in this country as almost any other single individual. Remembered as a prolific inventor, Edison held almost 1,100 patents for his inventions, and many are foundational to our modern culture yet today. What on earth would everyone do if they couldn’t hold up their phones and record whatever it is they were doing or viewing (besides maybe enjoying what they were actually recording)? It was Edison who invented the motion picture camera, which opened the door to 300 million amateur filmmakers recording and posting their every move on the internet. And how could anyone walk from here to there, or spend time working out, without earbuds pumping music into their ears? We can thank Edison for inventing the phonograph, the first mode of recording sound that could be played back and listened to. And then there is the light bulb. Some people pride themselves in living the simpler life without television, or maybe they simply forego cablevision or satellite. But who do you know that would give up the instant illumination delivered by their light switch to exist on the flicker of candles? Edison was a relentless scientist. His persistence and optimism shows forth in his quote, ” I have not failed. I’ve only found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ” He also spoke wisdom that applies to our generation, ” Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. “
No one could know the countless hours Edison devoted to his work. But they could vouch for the results. He would never have considered the idea that success could come without significant effort. There is success to be had as a follower of Jesus, but it requires significant effort. And that effort manifests itself through time, sacrifice, and devotion. But the results are manifest as well. Christlikeness is produced. From the heart flows the fruit of the Spirit. Love is expressed, forgiveness is granted, grace is poured out. If you give Christ your heart and your time, He will give you everything else.
As we seek Him today, accept the calling from the Father to enable His Spirit to bear its fruit.