The Wages of Sin

It was the first time I had ever seen any message quite like it on a vehicle.

As I was driving down the multi-lane highway, I noticed a pickup truck as it passed me to the right.

The rear window of the cab had a message in large letters that took up most of the glass.

It read, “If you’re not committing a sin, then you’re not having fun!”

Hmmm.

As I ponder this statement, several emotions come into play.

I am saddened for this person, as I know they are flaunting the seriousness and danger of sin.

I am affirmed in my own faith, as I am reminded that this statement is simply not true.

If I am enjoying a dinner out with my spouse, I am having fun.

Bouncing my toddler child years ago on my knee was certainly a lot of fun.

Going into a pet store and holding a very tiny puppy with that same child years later was a fun experience–one that I will always remember.

Going to the beach.

Going to the mountains.

Laughing until we cry at the dinner table because of something silly we are talking about—that’s fun, too.

So far, I am not seeing the necessity of sin in any of these situations.

Satan would like us to believe that God wants to keep the “good” things–the “fun” things–away from us while he offers us those things freely.

Of course, this is not the truth.

Those things that would bring us the most happiness and joy–those are the things in life God offers to us.

It doesn’t mean that there will be an absence of trouble.

We live in a fallen and sinful world.

Still, the thrill of what sin offers is short-lived and what we are left with is the consequences.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

—Romans 6:23

 

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A Way That Appears

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It was very dark and somewhat difficult to see.

As I was driving on a multi-lane highway, I turned left at the signal to enter a two lane highway that intersected it.

Although the pavement over the four lanes I had to cross was marked with paint to guide vehicles to the correct point on the other side, I somehow failed to follow it correctly.

When I entered the two lane road, I did so on the wrong side of the double yellow lines into a turn lane for oncoming traffic.

I had made a serious error.

Immediately aware of the double yellow lines and my placement to the left of them, I called out loud, “God! I’m in the the wrong place!” as I looked in my rear view mirror to see some headlights behind me.

Instantly increasing my speed and moving to the correct lane without a collision from the rear or the front, my heart was beating quickly.

I was thankful for God’s protection in the midst of the danger.

In essence, we all must come to a point where we call out to God for help, realizing that we are in the wrong place—a place of sin and separation from Him.

Proverbs 14:12 reads, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

When I turned my car into the wrong lane, it appeared to be right at first–but it wasn’t.

When we call to God, He hears us.

When we ask for forgiveness, He grants it.

When we give our lives to Him, He saves us.

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While We Were Still

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I heard the song for the first time playing in the background while at a restaurant tonight.

Not recognizing it, I listened more intently to the lyrics.

Being a love song, the main idea was that the singer wanted more than anything to just be “somebody” to the other person.

As I listened, I began thinking that I was already “somebody” to Jesus.

In fact, you are, too.

We do not have to hope and hope or worry and wonder if we are important to Him.

We don’t have to work at impressing Him in order to be noticed.

We don’t have to sink into sadness if we learn that He really doesn’t care, after all.

That won’t ever happen, because He will never stop caring about us or offering us His love.

His love will remain constant.

It is up to us to respond to that love.

He suffered and died for us on the cross because we were “somebody” important to Him.

Somebody worth dying for.

Somebody worth offering eternal life to.

Never forget—you are somebody to Jesus.

Who is Jesus to you?

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
—Romans 5:8

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