June 26: The Consequences
Scripture Lesson: Romans 6:22-23
On this date in 1985 at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, the stadium’s organist was ejected from a Class A Florida State League game. Umpire Keith O’Connor organist Wilbur Snapp for playing “Three Blind Mice” following a close call that went against the home team, the Clearwater Phillies. The self-taught musician enjoyed a moment of fame after the event was reported by NBC’s Today show weatherman Willard Scott and also featured on Paul Harvey’s radio program.
Paul makes a crystal clear assertion in our Scripture lesson today. The consequence of a life of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ His Son. Sin leads to eternal separation from God. Life comes to us when we confess and repent of our sins, believing in what Jesus did for each of us by dying on the cross. That free gift from God, called grace, enables us to enjoy eternal life with Him in heaven. That is why it is so important to live of service and freedom, set free from the consequences of our sin.
Why can we not earn salvation?
What are the consequences of a life lived in sin?
What did Jesus do for us as He died on the cross?
It is so important for us to not only accept the gift of grace, but to live lives that reflect the Lord. God wants no one to perish without Jesus! Who do we need to tell about Jesus today?