© 2013 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
A few years ago on a summer afternoon, Ben Carpenter steered his wheelchair leisurely across Red Arrow Highway in Paw Paw, Michigan. He and a medical aide had planned a peaceful ride on a quiet trail. Failing to reach the sidewalk before the traffic signals changed, Ben was in for a thrill ride.
A truck driver was unable to see Ben at his bumper. When the driver accelerated, the handles on Ben’s chair were caught in the truck’s grille. Oblivious, the driver went on his way, reaching up to 50 miles per hour with Ben belted in his chair at the front. Amazingly, when the truck stopped after two miles, Ben was uninjured. In fact, he found the experience extremely entertaining. “It was like a ride at the fair,” he said when it was all over.
Sin mirrors Ben’s thrill ride. When we step into its path, it grabs hold and takes us quickly where we never intended to go. Sin thrills. But inevitably, sin kills. “…Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is full grown brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).
Can we get off the deadly ride before it’s too late? Jesus admonished that believing in Him will keep us from dying in our sins (John 8:24), that repentance will prevent us from perishing (Luke 13:3), and that He will save us when we are baptized (Mark 16:16).
Sin is a thrill ride, but it kills everyone who stays on it to the end. Do you believe in Jesus? Are you ready to reverse course by repentance? May we help you to be immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins?