Fresh Hope – 22nd July 2016

As well as being a chemist, an engineer and an innovator, Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite.

He was also well known for being a weapons manufacturer.

In 1888, Alfred’s brother died, but the newspaper carrying the story recorded by mistake that it was in fact Alfred, and not his brother Ludwig that had passed away.

The mistaken obituary column was headed up “the merchant of death is dead.”

As Alfred read of his own life that had ‘apparently’ now ended, he was stunned to read further… ‘Dr Alfred Nobel, who became rich by inventing ways to kill more people, faster than anyone had ever before, died yesterday.’

Alfred was devastated by what he would be remembered for and immediately set about changing his last Will and Testament.

He instructed that almost all of his estate, to the equivalent value of £150,000, be set aside to fund what would become known worldwide as the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’.

He had the rare opportunity to reassess his life and change it for the good.

Dr Alfred Nobel eventually died in 1896.

In much the same way today, God has afforded us the opportunity to re-evaluate our lives.

Ask yourself right now this one vital question: what would I be remembered for, if I died today?

Would I be remembered for contributing life or death into the people that I’m privileged to be alive with right now?

What difference am I making in this generation?

Would you consider making a decision to live differently from this moment forward?

Sobering thoughts?

Maybe that’s what you needed…just like Alfred.

As you pray today, ask God to show you why He wanted you alive for such a time as this.

Luke 12:16-21 ‘And he told them this parable: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, “What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.” ‘Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’” ‘But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” ‘This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich towards God.’

Pastor Mark

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