August 2: Penalties
Scripture Lesson: Romans 6:23
On this date in 1921, eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series were acquitted. Afterward the jurors lifted some of the White Sox players to their shoulders. The next day, however, Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis ruled that overwhelming evidence clearly showed that the players had fixed the games with gamblers. All involved were banned from playing professional baseball again.
In our Scripture lesson for today, Paul is insistent that sin has consequences. The wages of sin is death. The penalty of sinful living without Jesus Christ is death, plain and simple. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. If we do not accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, then there is no hope for us in eternity. The penalty is death. Eternal life comes for those who accept the gift from God.
Where are you today: expecting the penalty or accepting the gift?
Do you know someone who, if they died today, would not make it to heaven? Have you told them about the Lord?
Why should we witness with our lives and our mouths about Jesus Christ to others?
Jesus paid the price for our sin, and his grace gift becomes effective for us when we believe. May each of us be diligent to share the story of Jesus everywhere we go in life.
Posted on Tue, August 2, 2016
by David Daly