While George was visiting the metro area, a stray bullet from a passing car whizzed by his head as he was walking down the block!
Must be one of those drive-by shootins’ I’ve heard about! I almost got hit! I could have died!
It shook him up.
But later on his home turf in the country, George jumped out of the way in a parking lot when the driver of a beefy pick-up truck was focused on texting. George had been crossing the parking area in a crosswalk on his way to Sportsmen’s Paradise.
“Hey, pay attention! STOP!” George hollered. His summed up his brush with a vehicle that outweighed him more than ten to one with this thought: What a danged fool!
But whether from a bullet or a car bumper, the danger is the same. George’s perspective was different, that’s all.
The death-defying danger is a parallel to the consequences of bad choices. Both are dangerous. Both end with consequences.
It’s easy to think, I’m not guilty. I’m not a sinner. I’m a good person! Look at all the good things I do!
Others might have affirmed your goodness with remarks like, “Thanks for doing that! You are an angel!”
Yet all of us fall short of perfection – and always doing the right thing. We simply are not superhuman, part-god, nor divine at all. The old fashioned and out-of-date word that summarizes bad choices and actions is sin.
But Christ showed us that the consequences can be different, the case dismissed. It’s not too late to turn to him.
For while dying on the cross, one convicted criminal told the other, “Don’t you fear God, since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
And Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” [Luke 23:40-43]
The blessing of forgiveness. It is offered to us all.
What difference have you noticed that forgiveness makes in personal relationships? It transforms barriers to bridges.
That’s the same perc we get from God’s forgiveness, but it’s better. The Creator promises that if we confess our sins to him and accept his son Jesus as Son of God, he will forgive us. In forgiving us, he opens the doors to heaven and to a life with him beyond our physical life’s end.
God’s heart, love, and compassion are great.
The psalmist writes, “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared….O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” [Psalm 130:3-4, 7-8]
Turning to him for a change of life, attitude, and actions is better than jumping out of the way of danger from wayward cars or bullets.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]