The Cream of the Crop!©
Written by Danny Bunn,B.A. (Born-Again believer in the Lord
Questions can bring conviction
Even though the night was fairly sleepless for both of them,
the morning hours came quickly. Joe gets up and eats a quick bowl
of cereal and kisses Cindy good-bye and hurries off to work.
While at work, Joe thinks about the things that he was reading in
the bible last night and he hopes that Clyde is outside at his
regular spot during the lunch hour, he would like to ask him a
few questions. The lunch hour finally comes around, Joe thought
that it would never get here. He grabs his lunch sack and hurries
outside. He gets to the spot and no Clyde. He is thinking, 'Why
God?' He sits down with his lunch and starts picking at it,
eating a little and wondering, thinking about so many things.
About 5 minutes later, up comes Clyde. Joe is so happy, he could
scream but he decided not to. "Clyde, well fancy seeing you
here!" "Joe, you know I eat here every day." "Oh, yea! That's
right. So why is God such a good and righteous God if so many
people are going to hell as you told me the other day?" "Joe, God
gave mankind a choice as to whether they are going to follow him
or listen to the voice of the evil one, Satan and follow him.
Adam and Eve listened to the wrong voice and did what Satan told
them to do, they ate of the forbidden fruit. If you ever read
Genesis in the bible, you would notice something very interesting
about what God said would happen if they ate the forbidden fruit.
He told them the very day that they ate from that fruit, they
would die. But if you continue reading, you would see that they
didn't die until hundreds of years later. Did God lie? No, he
didn't Joe, they died spiritually at the very second that they
ate and they died physically hundreds of years later. Spiritual
death is breaking relationship, contact, fellowship with God. The
moment that they ate, the relationship and fellowship was broken
and they sought to hide from God when he came down in a body to
walk and talk with Adam and Eve as he had before.
Now because of that sin, all people after them are born into sin.
Because our parents are sinners, we inherit that nature and we are born
sinners. Jesus came a few thousand years later. They prophesied
about the Lord and his coming to redeem mankind all through the
old testament. Now when a man or woman is born again by receiving
Jesus through his finished work on the cross, they become new
creatures. God comes into their life and what they lost through
Adam and Eve's sin, they gained back and more through Jesus'
death, burial, and resurrection for them when they accept him
into their lives. In other words, they have spiritual life once
again. The bible puts it this way, 'Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new.' God makes us brand new inside. When
we were lost and undone, no knowledge of God. He took the first
step to bring us back into a relationship with himself. He sought
us out and we are the ones who turned our backs on him, we are
the ones who spit in his face every day by our life styles. He is
calling people today by his Spirit. He wants all saved, Joe. All
means all and he wants you!" When Clyde said that, it stunned
Joe, he wasn't prepared for it. He says, "Clyde, I appreciate you
sharing with me. Well, lunch is almost up and I have to be back
at my post. See you later!"
Joe gets up in a hurry and heads back inside. He can feel perspiration
on his forehead, beads of it. 'Whesssh, glad to get out of that one.
What would Cindy think if I got religious on her? He is all thumbs during
the last part of the work day. His boss noticed it too. He goes up to Joe and asks, "Joe are you having problems at home?" Joe answers, "No
boss, why do you ask?" "I noticed that you aren't doing your job
as well as you normally do." Joe says, "Well, to tell you the
truth, there is a lot on my mind and I am dealing with it and I
know I really need to concentrate on what I am doing here. Sorry,
I will try harder." The boss goes on to tell Joe since there is
only an hour left in the day for him to leave now and try to work
the things out that are on his mind. Joe thanks his boss and
clocks out and he is gone but gone where, he can't escape the
things that are going on within him. Now what?