There is a story that Albert Einstein was once asked by some scientists if they could analyse his brain after his death. They wondered what the brain of a genius would be like. Einstein agreed but he did so only if they promised that he be allowed to write a letter which would be read after their report on his brain was made to the scientific community.

After Einstein died his brain was analysed, and the report was prepared to be given at a convention. After the report was given, they then opened the let­ter written by Dr Einstein and read his handwritten words. There were only two sentences in it. The first sentence said, “I’m sure that you have found that my brain, like the brain of all human beings, has nine billion cells”. This is exactly what they found, Einstein’s brain looked normal in every way. The second sentence said, “The difference is I knew it”.

It was David who said, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. David knew it. Dr Einstein knew it. Do we know it? Do we act like we know it?

There is no doubt that Einstein was a unique and intelligent person but aren’t we all unique? We may not be as intelligent as he was, but God is not asking us to do anything more than our own individual best. We are told that most humans use only 10% of their brain power and this is probably what Einstein was alluding to.

There are two questions that we should answer. First, how much of our brain power are we using? Secondly, how are we using our brain power? For God’s glory or our own?

It is so sad to think how little most people use the abilities that God has given to them, but what is sadder still, is how little of what we use is used to glorify God.

Dr Einstein was Jewish so he was part of Abraham’s natural seed, yet the Encyclopaedia tells us that “he held no religious beliefs in the usual sense and decried religious thought as an attempt to find an out where there is no door”. He died at the age of 76 and although he had nine billion cells in his brain and he knew it, what good did they do him as far as salvation is concerned?

We need to benefit from the mistake of others and realise that we should be using our nine bil­lion cells to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness”.

It is a terrible waste of nine billion cells to use them only for the things of this life. As Jesus said, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

At our death our brain will not look any differ­ent than that of Einstein’s or any other dead person, but right now we can use our nine billion cells to think on those things which are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. David said that “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts”. Solomon added that “The thoughts of the right­eous are right”. Paul said, “The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain”. Let us then know that we have nine billion cells and use them to the best of our ability to think godly thoughts for “if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”.