How many of you out there have a tendancy to forget when your driver’s license comes due? Especially if you live in an area that the renewal is longer than yearly? Say, five, six, even eight years from the renewal? He. Hehe. Hehehe. Ahem….
I AM getting older. AND more forgetful.
So, it finally comes to my attention that yes, indeed, I’d forgotten my license expired on said date. And you know that old adage “Ingorance is Bliss”.
Before, I was blissfully ignorant…driving along in my own little happy lane. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am a Book-Follower. I stay in the lines (maybe lanes, in this case?? Ahem.). I don’t stray outside the box. So, knowing that my license was expired…I was feeling the guilt. Our DMV office is always extremely busy. A plus, though, is the option of calling ahead and making an appointment. Well, when I called, the earliest time was a week away. Uugghhh…
Being my little Book-Follower self, driving during that time of knowing that I was guilty was terrible. I drove right on the speed limit. I wore my seat belt. I kept both hands on the wheel. I did everything I knew to do to avoid drawing attention so as not to get pulled over. *Not that I’m not usually a safe driver…but at this nerve wracking time, I was overly-overly cautious.
One particular time while sitting at a stoplight beside of a Highway Patrolman, the Holy Spirit just whispered in my heart, “You know, you can look the part right down to a tee, but if you don’t have the blood of Jesus covering those sins, you’re still just as guilty as ever.” Yep. I was doing everything to look right. I was acting the part, but I still didn’t have a valid license.
Praise the Lord for mercy! Everytime I got in the car I stood a chance of getting a ticket. Everytime I got in the car…Jesus gave me mercy. I didn’t deserve it but He gave it freely. Just as He gave His Salvation. Freely to all. And no one deserves it.
Just as I acted the part of having a valid driver’s license, there are many others acting the part of a Christian. Oh, my. So many who are filling the pews week after week, smiling the smile, saying the words, singing the songs, but who are lost as gooses. No matter what actions are taken, unless that blood of Jesus has been applied, they will die in their sins and face an eternity in Hell. My prayer is that conviction would fall on the hearts of those who are acting the part. I pray that they, too, would suffer the guilt of knowing that they need their license, and that license (to Heaven) is the blood of Jesus.
–John 3:16- For God so love the WORLD (that’s everybody) that He gave His only begotten Son (that’s Jesus) that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting life.
–John 14:6- Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
–Rom 10:9- If thy confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (V. 10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
–Rom 10:13- For whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
–Mat 7:21- Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven. (v.22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (v.23) And then will I (Jesus speaking) profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (wickedness).
So, dear reader, if you are acting the part, if you have everything down to a tee and look like a Christian but have not the atoning work of Jesus applied to your heart, I pray that conviction would overtake you and you would see that you need true salvation and forgiveness before it is too late.
Jesus’ mercy still extends. He is waiting for you, having already finished the work of dying for the sins of the world, and resurrecting again the third day victorious over death and hell. He wants to give you mercy…give you life eternal in Heaven even though you (we all) don’t deserve it.
Don’t be one of those who will hear Him say, “Depart from me, I never knew you”, because…you don’t have to…..