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2003-10-17 communities
The Pastor's Pen
The Right Response
by Pastor Jack Ward

Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church

Morris calls his son in New York and says "Benny, I have something to tell you. However, I don't want to discuss it. I'm merely telling you because you're my oldest child, and I thought you ought to know. I've made up my mind, I'm divorcing Mama."

The son is shocked and asks his father to tell him what happened. "I don't want to get into it. My mind is made up." "But Dad, you just can't decide to divorce Mama just like that after 54 years together. What happened?" "It's too painful to talk about it. I only called because you're my son, and I thought you should know. I really don't want to get into it anymore than this. You can call your sister and tell her. It will spare me the pain." "But where's Mama? Can I talk to her?" "No. I don't want you to say anything to her about it. I haven't told her yet. Believe me it hasn't been easy. I've agonized over it for several days and I've finally come to a decision. I have an appointment with the lawyer the day after tomorrow."

"Dad don't do anything rash. I'm going to take the first flight down. Promise me that you won't do anything until I get there." "Well, all right. I promise. Next week is Yom Kippur. I'll hold off seeing the lawyer until after then. Call your sister in Massachusetts and break the news to her. I just can't bear to talk about it anymore." A half hour later, Morris receives a call from his daughter who tells him that she and her brother were able to get tickets and that they and their children will be arriving in Florida the day after tomorrow. "Benny told me that you don't want to talk about it on the telephone, but promise me that you won't do anything until we both get there." Morris promises. After hanging up from his daughter, Morris calls to his wife and says, "Honey, guess what? The kids are finally coming to Florida to see us."

What does your heavenly Father have to do to get your attention? He responded to your sinful condition by giving His Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins. He wants to have a personal relationship with you. Haven't you give time for Him? What will He have to do to get your attention?

Don t expect any visions, apparitions, dreams or miracles from God to get your attention. God has said all that He is going to say to you through Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. Hebrews 1:1-2 "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.

God wants your response to Jesus finished work on the cross. How will you respond? To do nothing is to say "I don't want Jesus right now." Is that your response to God and His precious gift to you? Hebrews 2:3 "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him."

I wish I could tell you that there is another way, but the Bible is very specific about this. Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." There is no other way to God, to heaven, no other way but through Jesus. Let this be your response, yes, I will accept Jesus payment for my sin. Yes, I will commit my life to serve the Lord Jesus and put all of my life in His hands. I hope you will do that today.

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