My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to the fact that you and I are chief among sinners, why did God pardon us? Is it that He was so intent on keeping us alive so that we could live out a full and fruitful life? Or, does He sometimes have something else in mind?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Did you ever have one of those close calls in life; you know, that time when another car missed hitting you broadside by the narrowest of margins? How do you feel when seconds later as you exhale in relief? If you’re like most people, you feel a sense of euphoria; almost as if life has a whole new purpose and you’re just starting out all over again.
The obvious question might be, why did God pardon me? Is it that He was so intent on keeping me alive so that I could live out a full and fruitful life? Or, does He sometimes have something else in mind?
Here’s a story: “During the Civil War, William Scott, a soldier from Vermont, fell asleep at his post. A court martial sentenced him to be shot. The day before the proposed execution, President Lincoln appeared at his tent and said: “You are not going to be shot tomorrow. I have been put to a great deal of trouble on your account, however. What I want to know is how are you going to pay my bill?” With his heart welling up in his throat, William Scott expressed his gratitude in the best terms his embarrassment would permit. The President put his hands on the soldier’s shoulders, and looked into his face and said: “My boy, my bill is a very large one. If from this day William Scott does his duty, so that if I should be present when he came to die he could look me in the face as he does now and say, ‘I have kept my promise and I have done my duty as a soldier,’ then my debt will be paid.” Years later as Scott fell in battle, wounded to the death, he said to his comrades: “Please tell President Lincoln that, now that I am dying, I want to thank him again because he gave me the chance to fall like a soldier in battle and not like a coward by the hand of my comrades.” (Rev. G. P. Eckman)
Lincoln saved a life to the nation by his compassion, and that life was freely poured out for the nation when the opportunity for sacrifice presented itself. That was Christ’s way of redeeming the lost. He came, not to judge, not to condemn, but to pity; to love, to forgive--to win the erring to righteousness. And in that winning He has redeemed us unto Himself; not simply that we might live to see another day, but that we might live to one another as living sacrifices; always ready to pour ourselves out for others as He has done for us. This is the reason God preserves us, close call or not.
We pray: Heavenly Father, life is full of instances which present themselves as watersheds, places where and when if nothing changes, and no one steps in front of us, we would perish. You are the God of second chances, salvation through Your Son Jesus Christ, and we so seldom reflect on how impacting this is on us. Perishing physically is a major concern for anyone, but perishing spiritually is even of more concern. Forgive us Father when we take our faith for granted and our salvation as nothing beyond ordinary. Like Lincoln You stepped into our lives and saved us from perishing forever. It is as well a debt we can’t pay. Christ has paid it fully. Let us live our lives in thankfulness and praise for this gift beyond all measure. Give us the courage Lord to live the Christian life as soldiers of the Cross until You call us home from this battlefield. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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