THE ‘NEW’ VOCABULARY

By Linda De Silva

A friend was delighted to tell me that she and her sister have ‘Safe Keys’ so they are able to dine inside a restaurant rather than eat at an outside table or take the meal home.  How phrases have changed their meaning! Until recently, ‘Safe Key’ meant ‘key to the safe’ where money or documents were stored! I suspect that in a year or so, dictionaries will add a new definition to the two-word phrase.

Now, a safe key may take you inside a store or restaurant, but it won’t get you into heaven. That will depend upon your personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do you know Him as your Saviour and Lord?  If not, you have no right of admission to the Kingdom of Heaven.  Your request for entry will be denied!  Your ‘Safe Key’ – ensuring eternal admission is available NOW (no wait time necessary!) Salvation and entry into the Kingdom of God are yours through the Lord Jesus Christ when you come by faith. (See John 3:16)

‘Contact tracing’ is another ‘new’ phrase. It involves locating everyone with whom a COVID patient has had recent contact. One infected person can spread COVID to many more, so every close acquaintance or relative who had spent time together with that one recently is officially quarantined.             

Just a thought! What if every follower of Christ was ‘contact traced’ to see whether they had extended to others the message of salvation through faith in Christ? Actually, something akin to this happens routinely in countries antagonistic to the Gospel.  When a believer in Christ is apprehended and incarcerated, frequently family and friends are also interrogated and/or imprisoned. How about those of us who claim to be Christians?  Do we share Christ with those we meet?

In the midst of this Pandemic, let us consider seriously our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and the troubled, confused, lost world around us. MARANATHA! The Lord is coming!

SAFE KEY: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:21)
CONTACT TRACING: “They continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.” (Acts 4:31 Ampl.)

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