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Have you ever wished you could get a do over, a second chance? You said the wrong thing, You made the wrong choice. Maybe you thought, if I could just go back and do it over again? This time it would be different.
You look for the “do over” button but you’re unsure if you could ever get a fresh start.
In the book of Jonah, God gave Jonah a message to go to the people Of Nineveh. Jonah didn’t want to go “there” and went in the opposite direction. His get up and go, got up and went in the wrong direction. Because of his actions Jonah found himself somewhere that he never intended to be. I’m pretty certain that Jonah was praying for a second chance when he was in the belly of the whale. I bet he was ready to take God’s message to people of Nineveh. Did Jonah’s heart deserve a second chance? Good thing for you, me and our boy, Jonah, God doesn’t work the way we do. His mercy is extended to all not just us. Even “the least of these”.
I love that after we learn that the whale “vomited” Jonah up on the beach that God came to him a second time.
Jonah 3:2 ”Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
Lucky for us, our God is a God of second chances …
The reality is you can’t go back in time but you can always go forward and correct! You can’t do much about your past missteps, but you can change your steps moving forward.
If there is one thing you can count on in this life is you will mess up. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you are sinless, but what it does mean is that you do your best to sin less. Fortunately, our sin could never out duel God’s grace.
Jonah got a second chance to go to the city. The Bible tells us in Jonah 3:1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.
When it comes to God’s math a second chance is really just Second 1st chance.
God doesn’t build on a foundation of failure, He lets you start over again just as if you’ve never sinned the first time. It’s what is called a fresh start. I wouldn’t be here today if someone hadn’t given me a second chance and neither would you.
Where is it that you need a Second 1st chance?
Maybe it’s your marriage that could use Second 1st chance. Maybe it’s a relationship that needs a Second 1st chance. Maybe you just need to give yourself a Second 1st chance.
Realize that God has forgiven you and offers you a Second 1st chance. Do you deserve one? Did Jonah? Did a people that turned their back on God deserve one? No, but the good thing for us is that God’s answer to these questions are, “Yes.”
Whatever it is, God can and will give you a “do over”. You just need to hand Him over the things that have been tripping you up.
Often we refer to a second chance as an opportunity to redeem ourselves. Truth is you can’t redeem yourself but there is one who has already given the opportunity for you to start over, His name is Jesus. So cut yourself some slack and let Jesus get you back on track.
You can’t go back in time, but you can always go forward and make a fresh start. And with the help of God, You will find redemption.Read More
I’m sure you remember this game from when you were a child. A bunch of kids in a line, and the first one whispers something to the second one. That one, in turn, turns and whispers what they heard to the third one, who then whispers to the fourth one, etc. The last one in the line then tells what they heard and compares it to what the first one said. Invariably, it is different. Maybe just a little different, but almost never exactly the same.
I believe that is what we hear from God at times.
God says clear as day, “I wanted you to call your family member, I want you to forgive your friend that hurt you, I want you to visit your neighbor, I want you to go to Nineveh and tell people about my salvation.”
Okay, maybe the last one hasn’t happened to you, but it did to Jonah.
Nineveh is modern day Iraq. Now imagine God telling you to go to there. Not just to visit but to tell the people about Jesus. The important thing to remember in this story wasn’t the where but the Who. God was very direct in his command.
If your like Jonah, you may decide to run when the Lord says, “ Get up and go.” Jonah got up and went, in the opposite direction. His Get up and Go got up and went!
Jonah 1:1-3 The LORD gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the LORD. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket (paid the fare) and went on board, hoping to escape from the LORD by sailing to Tarshish.
When you hear from God is it just like the children’s game that we all played, when it gets to the end of the line, you do something different?
The thing I love about the Bible is that it’s been saying the same thing forever. It’s the story of God and his goal to have a relationship with His creation. God is speaking to all of us at Shore Fellowship. He’s saying it’s time to get up and go. We can be like Jonah and run from God’s call on our life or we can run as fast as we can to accomplish the mission that has been given to us. To go and reach the those who are far from God. It’s so important as a Church that we take live out the vision and protect the call that God has placed on our lives.
It’s time to just do it! Lets get up and go!Read More