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The ‘App’ We Really Need!

6 Sep

This so-called “App Generation” loves shortcuts designed to accomplish specific tasks. There are “apps” (applications) for practically everything these days.

For example:

  • “Weather Whiskers” is an app that delivers your local weather forecast with cute little kittens.
  • According to a NPR story, an app can help you track roadkill, if finding animal carcasses makes you happy.
  • There’s an app to help you design your own soda – you may have already seen it in dispenser form at some restaurants!
  • An app can help you watch out for invasive and dangerous lionfish – yikes!
  • Another app locates the presence of jellyfish populations. (I wonder if there’s one to help me find jelly beans? No, MelonMeterApp_adaptedI’m not talking about the Android Jelly Bean.)
  • The Melon Meter app allows you to put your phone on a melon and give the fruit a good thump. The app analyses the sound to help you determine if the melon is ripe.
  • If the melon is rotten, you might find it at the PareUp app, designed to help people buy restaurant garbage.
  • Lose your phone often? There’s an app that lets you shout “Marco!” and your phone will respond, “Polo!”

It’s estimated that 26% of all downloaded apps are used only once.

Just because there’s an app available, that doesn’t mean you actually need it. On the other hand, there’s one “app” that we all need!

Remember the story of the original Passover? (See Exodus 12:12-13, 26-27.) Blood from sacrificial lambs was applied to the  doorposts as a sign for God’s death angel to “pass over” the homes of the Jews, saving the firstborn of Israel while all of Egypt’s firstborn died.

Today, the yearly Passover ritual represents the death of Jesus, the innocent sacrifice – the Lamb of God (John 1:29). He shed His blood so we may be saved from eternal death and separation from God. He paid the penalty for our sins (Romans 4:23-25; 6:23; Isaiah 53:5-8).

When we trust in Christ’s sacrifice for us, God is APPLYING His shed blood to cover our sins (Acts 3:19; Romans 4:7).

We receive forgiveness of sin and come into a right relationship with the Lord. He lived a holy life to become our pure sacrifice, and then He died to save us; so Jesus bears our sins, and we receive His righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

It is a one-time application (Hebrews 9:12-14), but we must have it. Nothing, not even our good works (Ephesians 2:8-9), can give us eternal life.

Friend, do you have this life-changing app?

Christians – Can you share the Gospel using your phone? Jesus Film Media has an app to help you. Go to on your smartphone, or search “Jesus Film Media” in the app store. (Story about the app here.)


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