Devotional Thought

I Gamble ‐ Big Time

Do you like to visit the casinos? Do you like the thrill of gambling? Lots of people do.

Maybe you might think that’s nothing. If asked, you might boast, “I’ve entered a new dimension in gambling — gambling that involves far higher stakes.”

“I don’t gamble with money. I gamble with my soul.”

“I’m betting that I can live without attending worship services, or doing a lot of Bible study — and still be saved.”

“I gamble with the souls of my children too. I am betting that they can miss Sunday School classes and church services — and still get to heaven.”

“I’m betting that I don’t need to care what the Bible says.”

“I’m betting that giving an offering of thanks to the Maker of heaven and earth is a waste of good money.”

“I’m betting that I’ll have lots of time to get to know God.”

“I’m betting that I can wink at sin and still get into heaven.”

“Forget about spiritual growth. I’m betting I’m pretty good already.”

“I like gambling with my soul and the souls of the members of my family.”

“I know the Bible says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). But who can believe that? I bet it’s not right.”

“I bet I can get to heaven without God.”

“God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction” (Galatians 6:7,8).

How fortunate that God didn’t gamble with your souls! He went for the sure thing. He paid the price. He sacrificed his one and only Son, Jesus Christ.  “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Don’t gamble anymore. Instead, go with a sure thing.

See you next Sunday!

Pastor R.