Being a Risk and Insurance Manager by profession, these accident reports touched a funny bone and I had a good laugh! And yet, at the same time, I considered how often it is that we try to minimize or excuse our faults and mistakes by blaming others or making up reasons why we are not accountable. We sometimes deceive even our very selves as we seek to hide our shame and guilt. It seems that it is a universal human condition that we seek to cover up our sins or blame someone else.
The first human beings that God created, Adam and Eve, tried to cover themselves with fig leaves to hide their shame after they broke God's commandment in the Garden of Eden. But God knew they had eaten the fruit of the tree he had forbidden them to eat. Their sin had separated them from fellowship with God.
Eve blamed Satan who had deceived her by saying that God was keeping something good from them and that God was lying when He said they would die if they ate the forbidden fruit. Then Adam blamed his wife, Eve, as the reason he had eaten the fruit.
God didn't accept their excuses; and He doesn't accept our excuses either.
The fact is that God knows the truth about us and He sees all of our sins. We can't hide anything from Him. Even worse, He holds us fully accountable for our sins and the Bible says that "the wages of sin is death...." This means our sin separates us from God (spiritually) and eventually it brings physical death as well.
Have you noticed that 100% of all people die? The problem of sin is universal to mankind and it is 100% fatal - just as God told Adam and Eve. And there is only one cure that God has ordained to take away our sins.
I'm so glad that the above verse doesn't stop there, leaving us dead in our sins without a remedy. Rather, it continues on to tell us the good news that "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
God has provided a way to forgive us our sins through Jesus Christ!!!
Also, in Romans 3:23-26 we are told:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation (appeasement) through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
To declare, I say, a this time his righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.
If you have understood that Jesus died in your place and have already received His gift of eternal life, Praise the Lord!
If not, why not receive Him right now?
Take this opportunity to complete a "sin report":
1) Admit to God that you are a sinner;
2) Acknowledge your guilt and responsibility for your sins;
3) Prayerfully ask God to forgive your sins by believing that Jesus Christ, His Son, took the penalty for your sins upon Himself by dying in your place;
4) Receive, in faith, God's gift of eternal life with Him!
5) Rejoice that Jesus is coming again soon!
We encourage you to refer to the LIFEQUEST "Food for Thought" topics of Salvation and Gospel which will further explain what He has done for you, how much God loves you and give you more information about how to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
God bless you and have a great day!