BY REV. GARY LAMBERT - LIGHT OF THE LAKES CHURCH — ARNOLDS PARK
Quite often the conversation would go something like this.
Officer: The reason I stopped you was because you ran the stop sign.
Violator: But, officer, I slowed down.
Officer: But you always have to stop!
Officer: You didn't stop for that stop sign.
Violator: But officer, nobody was around
Officer: But the law says stop!
That stop sign reminds me of sin. Isaiah 55:6-7 says: Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake His way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.
The key thought is "repent!" It is an action word. To repent means to stop the sin … confess the sin … and don't repeat the sin.
Sin — It is not a game. There are no winners.
Sin — is not a toy to be played with.
Sin — is not an app on your phone that you control.
Sin — does not have to control your life!
1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
The bottom line is: Don't want a ticket? Stop for the stop sign! don't want to be separated from a loving god? Stop sinning!
Repent, make a U-turn, stop! It's a choice and it's yours. Enough said. And, just a thought, I haven't even talked about all of the destructive consequences of sin.