Thought for the month – July 2018

You have probably noticed that we are in the middle of the football World Cup finals. Depending on when you read this, one of several things could have happened:

  • England won the World Cup
  • England were knocked out of the World Cup
  • A team faced penalties and won
  • A team faced penalties and lost

Football is dominating the headlines, the tv and the radio at the moment. Some people, like me, will love that, others, like my wife, will not. Whatever your thoughts on the “beautiful game” please bear with me for a little while as we consider some of the phrases and terms you might associate with a football match, but also can be applied to our lives too.

A game going to penalties is probably one of the most nerve-wracking experiences for a fan and probably for the players too. We don’t know what the outcome will be. You hope that your team will score and the other team will miss, that your goalkeeper will be the hero having saved at least one. There are two words that are important to the Christian there, penalty and saved.

In life we go through many different experiences, some good, some not so good, some of our choosing, some not. We make our own decisions and sometime we make bad choices, we get ourselves into trouble; doing things, saying things we know we shouldn’t. The Bible tells us that we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. In other words we all do wrong. Importantly, the Bible also tells us the result of that sin; the wages of sin is death. The penalty we face for the wrongdoing, the sin in our life is to be separated from God forever, an eternity facing the consequences of the actions of our life; the wages for our sin.

However, we can be saved. Saved from this lost eternity, reconciled with God and welcomed one day into a wonderful place he has prepared for us in heaven.

How? Simply by putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, his son. The Bible tells us that whilst we were still sinners Christ died for us. He died in order that our sins could be punished, but he rose again to overcome the penalty of sin; death. He came to give us eternal life. He gives the greatest gift you could ever receive; your salvation.

So as the World Cup continues, look at the cross on the flag of England and think of the work that the Lord Jesus did for you on a cross at Calvary and ask yourself “am I saved from the penalty of my sins?”

There are still spaces left on camp this year, so if you haven’t already, get your application form in now.

Nick Lincoln