Now I Get It!
Now I Get It!
Have you ever been doing something -- going along your merry way -- then someone offers a piece of advice that changes everything for the better?
I remember a friend who changed my golf grip --in a way that I would never have thought of on my own – that drastically improved my game.
I remember long ago deciding to panel a room with knotty pine tongue & groove. I started from the top-down so I wouldn’t have an ugly gap between the last board on top and the ceiling. (I would deal with a gap at the bottom of the wall by adjusting the size of the baseboard.) Half way through the project -- battling my way down the wall fighting gravity to push the tongues up into the grooves so I could nail them – a friend came over and said “Ya know, if you go bottom-up, you can just drop each board into the groove below and cover the gap at the top with a piece of molding.” If memory serves me correctly, I threw my hammer at him.
Situations like these are analogies for people who don’t get the gospel. They’re not stupid, hard-hearted, prideful or greedy (well, not all of them at least.) They just don’t know what they don’t know. Or they simply don’t see the benefit of following Jesus. Why do I need a new grip or gravity?
The picture I have in my mind is of the frantic Christian running around with a portable defibrillator showing it to everyone they meet. Most often they’re met with a polite smile and a response something like this: “I appreciate your kind offer, but I’m fairly certain I’m not having a heart attack.”
Frankly, it’s completely rational for some people to say “No” to the idea of following Christ. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? As C.S Lewis says: “God doesn’t send people to hell. People choose not to go to heaven.”
But the fact is, just because you don’t think you’re in danger doesn’t mean you’re not. Like the guy who shared this line: “For many years I happily pursued and ultimately realized the American Dream in all its fullness: marriage, divorce, addiction and emptiness.”
So here’s the deal: We are eternal spirits living in temporary bodies made up of carbon and H2O. At some point in time a loving God is going to re-establish Eden on earth and in heaven with perfect peace and shalom. Anything that is imperfect will be pushed out from this perfect love. People who have accepted Christ as their savior will have the gap between their imperfection and God’s perfection bridged by grace and they’ll be able to exist in this new kingdom. Those who don’t have grace bridging their gaps will disappear as fast as darkness vanishes when we flip the light on in a room.
But wait there’s more! Not only does accepting Christ’s grace now secure your eternity, but following His teachings now brings you peace.
Some of you reading this are thankful that I just adjusted your grip on life. Others of you want to throw a hammer at me. 😉
If you’re ok with a few hammers thrown your way, I encourage you to share this.
Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. The Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (NLT)