BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day
© John Denney 30 June 1999
The July fortnight is just around the corner. Are you going on holiday? Excited? Is it Skeggie or Torremolinos? At least you dont need a passport for Skeggie. But if youre jetting off abroad at the weekend, I hope your passports ready. Cause if it isnt, you might not be going after all! They say theres a million passport applications queuing up to be processed. Apparently, according to a government minister, its not the Passport Offices inefficiency or the Government forcing even new-born babies to have their own passport thats the cause of the problem. Oh no. The problem is you. If no one had applied for a passport, there wouldnt be any backlog! Simple as leaves on the line, or the wrong sort of snow.
Everyone tries to pass the buck, dont they? It started in the Garden of Eden. God asked Adam Why did you eat the forbidden fruit? And Adam said It wasnt my fault. It was Eve that made me do it. And Eve said It wasnt my fault either. It was the snake that told me to do it. And the snake didnt have a leg to stand on!
Be that as it may sometimes theres no one we can pass the buck to. We know, deep down inside, it was our fault. If we hadnt done that, then If we hadnt said that, then If we hadnt been there, then Christians call that pricking of our conscience by a special word. That word is sin. And sin is a nasty thing. It gnaws away at us and makes us feel guilty. It gives us feelings of inadequacy and makes us feel were less than God made us to be. And theres only one way for us to deal with sin, and thats to ask for forgiveness.
We can ask the person weve wronged to forgive us. And maybe they will, maybe they wont. But sometimes we dont know who to ask forgiveness from. Sometimes we dont know how to ask them for forgiveness. Sometimes we cant ask for forgiveness because it was a long time ago and the person has since died.
Thats when we can turn to Jesus to forgive us, to take away our sin. And all we have to do is ask. And Jesus lets us pass the buck to him. Its as if He gives us a fresh, crisp, passport with an open visa to heaven. And theres no backlog problem there.
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