Have you heard the news reports about the Powerball jackpot at $570 million and the Mega Millions at $450 million...near record setting amounts?! My mind instantly goes to how I would spend all that money if I won. Oh, do I have some plans. Some selfish, but most to change the world. Here’s the problem...I never play the lottery. And I can’t win if I don’t play.
I believe this is how it is with Christianity sometimes. I think many non-believers want the peace, comfort, cleansing, eternity, love that comes from surrendering to Jesus, but they don’t want to “play.” They think of it in terms of giving up too much. Or they say they will think about it later when they get all the fun out of their system. Or they can’t accept that God will forgive ALL their sins, instead of working for it and striving to pull it together themselves. They don’t play, so they don’t win. They miss the forgiveness and freedom. The power that really can change the world.
Unlike the several dollars you give up for the nearly impossible odds of winning millions (that history has shown is usually quickly blown and leads to even more trouble), the odds of reward for following Jesus are on our side. Yes, it means surrendering some of ourselves, but the odds are 100% that it will be so worth it; that the payout will be a beautiful transformation; that we will receive the power of the Holy Spirit and eternity in Heaven. But you can’t win if you don’t play.