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If You Appreciate Quality Production

You slip the cassette tape into the player. SCREECH. You can barely hear your favorite song because of distortion. Next time, you will record on a higher quality tape. You want clear music, no interference, quality reproduction of sound.

We expect quality from a cassette labeled Low Noise--High Fidelity. The dictionary defines fidelity as "the ability to transmit or reproduce accurately." We want that. We need that. We appreciate high quality--accurate transmission of information, and exact sound reproduction--in any recording.

We also appreciate fidelity in our family and friends. We even dream of high fidelity in politicians in relation to their preelection promises.

God is looking for high fidelity too. He expects high fidelity in our relationships to Him and with others.

Not only do electronic devices emit irritating noises, but we humans can also produce a very high noise level. High noise levels in us reduce fidelity and block communication.

What are some of the ways we produce "noise" and hinder our fidelity?

We produce noise because the tongue "is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men. . . . Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be" (James 3:8-10).

We increase noise by talking too much. "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise" (Proverbs 10:19).

We lower fidelity when we distort the truth or change a few facts here and there for our convenience. God hates any kind of dishonesty.

We damage our fidelity by not fulfilling promises or living up to our claims. The Scripture says that whoever boasts "of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain" (Proverbs 25:14). How disappointing it is when dark rain clouds billow up during a dry spell, only to blow away without bringing rain.

Are my words like that? Am I full of noise and empty promises? How often have I disappointed God and others by broken promises? People soon distrust us because what we are speaks so loudly it drowns out what we say.

God holds us responsible for our every word. "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matthew 12:36).

"Low Noise," on the other hand, makes effective communication possible. Sincere words and honesty get the message through. We must keep our word even when it requires sacrifice to do so. Keeping our word is a part of fidelity of character.

Faithfulness in speech will affect other areas of our lives. "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much" (Luke 16:10).

What is your fidelity level--your faithfulness quotient? Can God and your friends count on you? "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?" (Proverbs 20:6).

Jesus Christ was completely faithful. He is our perfect example of "Low Noise--High Fidelity." He did not proclaim His own goodness. In fact, He forbade others to reveal that He was God's Son. His actions, however, spoke loudly. Jesus gave us an exact representation of God the Father. He did or said nothing except what the Father told Him to do or say. Jesus said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9). He accurately transmitted God's message of love and redemption.

Today God is looking for fidelity. He is not listening for many words, but looking--for a "faith which worketh by love" (Galatians 5:6). He expects us to be faithful to each other. He needs men and women of integrity and high fidelity, who will faithfully represent Him.

We are created in God's image, to reflect and transmit the glory of our Creator. However, sin has distorted that image. Vain boastings, empty promises, futile resolutions--the noise and clamor of self--dominate our lives and our tongues. We need help.

We need more than repair. The quality of our tape needs upgrading. Not merely erasing, but being made new. We need a complete transformation.

Jesus will do just that for anyone who comes to Him in repentance and faith. He will remove the static and noise caused by sin, and give you a new heart--a faithful heart. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Jesus said, "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). The Master Producer is able and ready to take your noisy, low fidelity life, and remake it into a brand new, low noise, high fidelity one. Won't you come to Him and ask Him to do it?

If you want a new life

ACKNOWLEDGE Your Condition Before God.
"For I know that in me . . . dwelleth no good thing" (Romans 7:18).

"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6).

HEAR Christ's Invitation.
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

"Repent ye therefore . . . that your sins may be blotted out" (Acts 3:19).

ANCHOR Your Life in Christ.
"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).

"He brought me up . . . out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings" (Psalm 40:2).

ENJOY New Life in Him.
"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).

CONTINUE Following Christ.
"Neither yield ye your members as instruments . . . unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God" (Romans 6:13a).

"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed" (John 8:31b).


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