Come with me to a third grade classroom….. There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It’s never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.
The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, ‘Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.‘
He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.
As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.
The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, ‘Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!‘
Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else – Susie.
She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You’ve done enough, you klutzl’
Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, ‘You did that on purpose, didn’t you?‘ Susie whispers back, ‘I wet my pants once too.‘
May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good..
Remember…..Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.
— © Author unknown.
I cannot exactly trace the author or source of the above story. The stort beautifully illustrates the unfathomable depths of God’s grace and love for sinful humanity. The Bible said that God demonstrated His love for us by sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.
But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
Romans 5:8 (Amplified)
Jesus Christ died for our sins while we were yet sinners, not while we were 50% or 99% deserving of God’s love and forgiveness. The Bible said that God has made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin, so that we might be made the righteous in God’s sight.
For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. …..
1Peter 3:18 (Amplified)
In the story above, Susie came in just in time to rescue her classmate from disaster, shame and the reproach that should have justifiably been his lot. This, in a way typifies the salvation that God graciously give to all through His son, Jesus Christ.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
Will you receive God’s grace into your life today? Will you accept His offer of salvation through His son Jesus Christ today?
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.