12th March 2011

Lost In Translation

“Jesus heard about it and spoke up, ‘Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick?  I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out.’”
Luke 5:31 (MSG)

Perhaps you have seen the movie, “Lost in Translation”. It is about the sometimes amusing experiences of a western businessman in a non-familiar eastern culture where he doesn’t understand the language and the customs.  In Acts 8:30-31 Philip greets a stranger on the road that was reading from Isaiah, and asks, “’Do you understand what you are reading?’ The man replied, ‘How can I, unless someone instructs me?’”

In a way the whole world is lost in translation. People seek but fail to make sense out of life, especially its tragedies. What is the meaning of existence? Is there a purpose to living? Is everything that happens just random and pointless? In 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 it says, “But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery…we are all going to be changed…On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again…In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal…It was sin that made death so frightening…But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!”

The Christian has the chance to help translate the events of life into something meaningful, to bring hope and understanding to the everyday circumstances people find themselves in. “This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.” (Colossians 1:6 NLT)  Christians have the opportunity to bring in a spiritual perspective that helps make sense of this confused and confusing world. A world lost in translation.

Are you using your translation skills?

Heavenly Father, help us to bring the message of hope to this world of many cultures, translating it by our actions and words so that all can understand your love.  In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson 

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