Wisdom's Corner
Are You a Poem?

You have probably read a nursery rhyme or had one read to you. The reason they are called rhymes is because they have words or phrases that sound alike. And they are written to sound pleasing to the ear. A rhyme is a type of poem. Many poems make the reader feel better after hearing them. Or they make one happy. Or they make one want to do something better. A well written poem is a beautiful thing.

The English word 'poem' comes from a Greek word. That word is used only two times in the Bible.

Ephesians 2:10, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." The word for 'poem' in this verse is 'workmanship'.

Romans 1:20, "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." The word for 'poem' in this verse is translated 'the things that are made'.

Look around at the world. Isn't this world beautiful? And everything is so wonderfully ordered and arranged. By looking at all that is in the world we can know that there is a wonderful, loving Creator. Everything in the world has been put there by God for a purpose. If used correctly, the user is made happy and wants to do more.

Look at a Christian. The Christian is made by God for a purpose. The Christian is made to do good works. If the Christian uses his life in the right way, his life will make others happy and make them want to do the same. By his life he should make others want to be Christians. The Christian's life should be a thing of beauty.

The only way to make sure that God is making you His 'workmanship' or 'poem' is to study the Bible and obey what it says. You cannot make your life the kind of poem that God wants without doing what He wants you to do. Without following the Bible, your life will be a bad poem.

Make sure you are the kind of 'poem' that other people would like to read. Until next time, keep reading and studying your Bible.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1998

Published by The Old Paths Bible School