Reflections - September 2021
This year has continued with an incredible impact from a global sickness. Many of us have either faced the virus to a varying degree, lost family or friends due to this virus, or at least known someone who has been affected in some way. We have interacted with multiple friends and even ministry partners who have experienced this virus – some, even dying from it. During this sickness, one thing that has remained constant is passionate opinion regarding masks, vaccinations, and other “directives” we’ve received from our respective governments and how this affects peoples’ life (or death).
I bring this up, not to state a position for or against these decisions and directives, but to ask us to consider something and ask a question. There is a far bigger issue we all face - many around us may even be ignorant of this issue. It’s called SIN – Romans 3:23 tells us that we have ALL sinned. We have all come short of God’s glory – His perfection. The same Bible book of Romans tells us that because of our “infection” of SIN – we are totally separated from God – the “wages” or penalty for sin – is death; a physical and spiritual separation from the One, Jesus Christ, who took on that penalty for OUR sin by physically dying on OUR behalf and offers complete forgiveness for all who will trust HIM alone through repentance and faith.
What would happen, if we were as passionate about Jesus Christ and the need for forgiveness from sin?
How about YOU? Are YOU forgiven? You can be… and I GUARANTEE, based on God’s Word, that Christ’s forgiveness is Eternal… How about those around you, do they know of God’s offer of forgiveness to all who believe? Our days are written in God’s book - WE each have an appointed time to die whether it be from COVID, cancer, heart disease, old age or the list goes on. May we all have our eyes on eternal things first and allow God to equip us for the tasks HE has for each of us.