Nothing new here, just wish I had a second chance! How many times have we ever said that in our lives?
From saying the wrong thing, choosing the wrong path, or making the wrong decision, we have all made mistakes in our lives. Except when we were kids, we have probably said or thought we needed a second chance at least every month of our lives, maybe more often.
Today, I was driving across town, and made a bad choice. I received a text while driving, and instead of stopping to check it, or waiting until later, I looked at my phone! Did I wreck? No, thank God. In fact, I wasn’t close to wrecking; I continued driving along and listening to the radio.
However, after driving a short distance down the 4 lane road, I observed in my peripheral vision that the truck beside me was maintaining my exact speed. Looking over to see why he might be maintaining my speed, he glanced down at my phone (now in my lap), and shook his head. He was right; and so is everyone else (including my family) that says DON’T text and drive.
Sure, I’ve heard it before, and I am very guilty of it. I casually read texts, and generally reply. But WHY?
Texting and Driving is so stupid!
Why does it take someone we don’t know to tell us we are wrong? Today, I disappointed a total stranger, and it got to me. I need to stop! I need a second chance, because I’ve been stupid. I’ve denied the risks of it long enough; I admit it, I’m a driving textaholic. (I don’t do it frequently, but I do it, and if you do it at all, then you are as guilty as me).
I’ve heard experts say that there are 7 steps to recovery (other experts market 12 step programs). Either way, I’m at least 2 steps into recovery, because I’m already admitting it. Thankfully, I haven’t wrecked, and I have a second chance. Before I lose my life to it, I need to stop!
You know what? That’s not the only problem in my life. I’m a sinner! And before I lose my life to it, I need to stop! And that is a MUCH BIGGER problem for me. Thankfully, Jesus came to earth to give me a second chance.
There are so many Scriptural passages relating to second chances, but one you may not know well is from Micah 7:18
“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.”
The Bible is full of examples of leaders, even great leaders of God’s chosen people that made mistakes (David, Peter, Abraham…the list goes on). After all, we are only human. Yet, God is willing and loving enough to forget our past discretions and give us that second chance, even a third chance when necessary, and continuing as many times as we have need.
We are reminded that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
But please note what this passage says clearly: “IF we confess” – it doesn’t say that it comes by itself. See, this is part of that 7 step process of recovery. However, the GOOD news is that with Jesus, it doesn’t take 7 steps!
Sure, we still have to admit our sins, that’s the first step: admit and turn away from our sins. The second step is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God as only He can proclaim; He will forgive us of our sins and make us righteous. Last, but not least, is confessing, or better clarified as accepting Jesus as our LORD and SAVIOR.
Those few steps summarize what must be done for us to have a second chance. You see, even Satan himself knows he is a sinner; he even knows that Jesus is the Son of God. But He has not accepted Jesus as Lord (master) of his life. When we are lost to sin, there is a simple solution. Jesus has provided a second chance – a way for us to get into Heaven.
The first step is to admit we need Him.
The second is to believe that He can do it.
The third is simply accepting His invitation.
Need a second chance on life? It’s that easy!