Do You Flirt with Danger?
Despite repeated warnings, Timothy thought it was safe for him to hang out with grizzly bears. People warned him of the danger of crossing the line and getting too close to the bears. They told him the bears are wild and he should stay away from them. But Timothy didn’t listen. He believed he was safe. So he ignored the warning.
One day in 2003, Timothy took his girlfriend along on a camping trip in Katmai National Park in Alaska. Both were mauled to death by a grizzly.
Timothy was an adventurer who loved the bears. He took pride in his ability to work with them. He claimed to have found peace and a better life because of his experiences. But despite his belief and good intentions, his rendezvous with danger resulted in death.
The Bible says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12 . This verse speaks clearly to what happened in Timothy’s case, but it also addresses a more serious problem, which is sin and judgment. Sin is a problem that can affect us in this life and in the life to come. Like Timothy, we sometime feel we’re on the right path. We feel good about our lifestyle and take pride in some of our choices. Yet, if we live without Christ and go on living in sin, we are taking a chance, and flirting with danger.
The Bible gives many warnings about the danger of sin and living without Christ. First, it shows that we all have a sin problem. “…There is none righteous, no, not one” Romans 3:10. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. Sin is the transgression of God’s commandments. It is rebellion. It is missing the mark, or failing to meet God’s standards. Second, the Bible shows that the penalty of sin is death.
“For the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23. Sin can lead to eternal separation from the presence of God. God’s warning is unmistakable: If we live without Christ and die in our sins, we will be judged and found guilty. Fortunately, God’s warning includes a promise. He loves us and has taken steps to resolve the sin problem and make us safe from the dangers of eternal punishment. He promises everlasting life and the forgiveness of sins to all who trust in Christ. The Bible says, “But God commendeth His own love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8. Christ, the Son of God, died on Calvary’s cross for our sins and He rose from the dead so we could be saved. All we have to do is take God at His Word by trusting in Christ alone to save us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16.
Christ is the only answer to the sin problem. He is the only one who can save us from judgment. “He that believeth on Him is not condemned…” John 3:18. Anyone who believes in Christ “…shall not come into judgment, but is passed from death unto life” John 5:24. The Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Acts 4:12.
Now that you have seen the warnings and you’ve read about God’s free offer of salvation, you have a decision to make. Will you heed the warnings? Will you flirt with danger? Or will you accept God’s offer?