Alfred, an acclaimed chemist, happened to meet another chemist who discovered nitroglycerin. It was unstable, but Alfred was sure there would be a way to make it useful. There were many experiments and many casualties, but finally, he produced a paste that could be molded into sticks which he called dynamite. Needless to say, he became a very wealthy man.
He soon found out what others thought of his invention when, in 1888, his brother Ludvig died. Through some journalistic error, Alfred’s obituary was widely printed instead of Ludvig’s. He was scorned for profiting from the deaths of others. One French newspaper’s epitaph stated, “The merchant of death is dead…he became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before.”
Alfred was stunned by what he read and determined to change his story. One year before he died in 1896, Alfred signed his last will and testament, which set aside the majority of his vast estate to establish the five prizes designed to recognize world-wide accomplishments including one awarded for the pursuit of peace. Alfred Nobel changed his story and the Nobel Prize is his enduring legacy.
You are a creature of destruction. Everything about you is unstable and unless something changed you will destroy many lives. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways” (Romans 3:10, 13, 15-16). In order to change your story, you must be “pricked in your heart,” repent, and “call on the name of the Lord,” then you will be saved (Acts 2:37-38, 21).
Once you “gladly receive” these words, you have a different story. You are given a gift from God, the Holy Spirit, who provides among many things, power. With this power, you are now the messenger of peace. Before you only knew destruction, but in Christ, you now proclaim peace to those who need a Savior. Since the special day in Acts 2, millions have become witnesses for Christ throughout the world. You must carry the torch of hope, love, and life until the whole world knows Christ, the Savior of the World.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)