What a Gift!

image001During the breakout sessions of the Co-Managers meetings, I have learned over time that the same questions are asked. So in order to cover the material within the time frame, I explain to the group that I will ask and answer the questions. Of course, we laugh; but afterwards they agree that the questions they had were answered.

Well, that is what I am going to do today—ask and answer questions.

Have you ever missed a turn or an exit? Have you ever missed a question on a test? Have you ever missed the mark? YES YES YES! That is one thing we all have in common.  Now we all have different talents, careers, appearances, manners of speech, educational backgrounds, church affiliations, methods of worship, religious terminologies…the list goes on and on.  But in spite of these differences, we all have one common bond.  “All have sinned (missed the mark) and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  We all need God’s mercy.  We have all missed the mark!  We have all fallen short of what God intended for us.

Now I have a question for you:

Which of the following two people can you relate to?

Luke 18:11-12 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.”

Luke 18:13-14 “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

The Pharisee thought all his good works carried some extra favor in the eyes of God while the publican realized he had “missed the mark”, and he needed God’s mercy and forgiveness.

The Bible says, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1) and that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) We also read in the Bible that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Why did Christ die on a cross? So “that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18) and “as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12)

So for all of those out there that feel they missed it, BREAKING GOOD NEWS! We have all missed it, but “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8)

What a gift!

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