Friday, November 16, 2018


Einstein’s Bagel Shop is located at the Memphis International Airport. Einstein’s has its motto printed in large letters on the wall: “People are like bagels—there are many varieties but basically they are all good.”

That may be true about bagels but it is not true about people. Though we believe that there is potential for good in every person, all of us come into this world with a corrupted sin nature. The Bible declares, “There is none good, no not one” (Romans 3:10).

As J.I. Packer has noted, “We are not at all points as bad as we could be, but at no point are we as good as we should be.”

The first word recorded in Jesus’ first sermon was: “Repent” (Matthew 4:17).