Jesus, The Greatest Lesson Giver
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (Revelation 21:8)
Well, here we are at the rink again on a Sunday morning. I originally thought I was going to see a hockey game but it turns out to be a skills development session. I normally don’t come to these sessions or practices. I prefer to go to the lad’s competition hockey games. In fact, I think my wife might have tricked me into coming. Previously, in conversation, I had alluded to the fact that we were going to a “game” and she didn’t correct me. Thus, the confusion. Still, I am here now so I may as well enjoy it.
As I did, something within me changed. I began to realize that it is just as much fun to watch the players learning as it was when they played. Why? Because the players themselves improve so quickly. Ideally, one knows that they all want to play in the N.H.L. and in their own way, they all believe that they can. As we get older, reality sets in and the objectives change. These players too will soon realize that they either are good enough to pursue the lofty goals of NHL or that maybe they should put their energies into something a bit more attainable. It’s all a part of the “growing up” process.
As I examined these ideas further, I realized that perhaps, even as adults, we are all chasing some form of spiritual utopian dream. Still, we all have to live within our means, whether it is financial, occupational, or like professional hockey — matters of the heart. At some point in our lives, we have to make informed decisions based on the reality of our circumstances. Life is finite — short — even at it’s longest points. Unfortunately, some people never understand this lesson.
They continually pursue unrealistic goals. Financially, we know people who are trying to become wealthy through some crazy get rich schemes. And then there are the romantics who relentlessly pursue that beautiful lady or Prince Charming.
But collectively, these are a very slippery slope to walk. It is one thing to waste your life chasing money or the love of one’s life but it is quite another to throw away eternal salvation for the pleasure of false gods (satan) and idols. It is more satisfying to know that as a child of God, we can be forgiven for any sin we commit. The Bible says that we have all fallen short of the glory of God but when we repent and follow His instructions, our slate is wiped clean. We are forgiven, once and for all.
However, if we don’t ask for His forgiveness with a sincere heart, we may as well be talking into the wind. In accepting our Lord and Saviour into our heart, we need to know our limitations. Know when to say no. But at the same time know when to ask for help. There are many pitfalls that can knock us off balance at any time. Make yourself aware of anything that can threaten your personal salvation, and rectify the situation IMMEDIATELY.
Just like the hockey skills development session I am watching, God has a training program for you and I. It is based on His love — the greatest love story ever told. It begins when we believe that Jesus died on the cross for us. God bless my many friends in Christ.