“Hey, That’s My Parking Spot”

Posted: April 10, 2015 in Christian Life, Church, Salvation

“In every church in every corner of the world there are individuals who have ‘staked’ their place and their seat among the gathering family of God … and Lord, help the individual who ‘takes’ their place. In my Jacksonville church one couple even went so far as to purchase their own hymnal engraved with their names, made some back cushions again with their names on them and two little footrests with their names. If anyone sat in their seats – visitor or member – they would simply declare out loud, ‘Well, we cannot worship today because someone is sitting in our seats!’  They were an extreme case I know, but every church has their own set of peculiar apples in the bushel.” – Jim Martin

Irate At Church

   “One day, a man went to visit a church. He got there early, parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up near him. The driver got out and said, I always park there! You took my place!’
    “The visitor went inside for Sunday school, found an empty seat and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, That’s my seat! You took my place!’
    “The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing. After Sunday school, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, ‘That’s where I always sit! You took my place!’
    “The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still He said nothing. Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, ‘What happened to you?’
“The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye, ‘I took your place.’” – Original source unknown

Yes, Jesus, the God-man, left the ivory palaces of heaven and came down to this sin cursed earth to die for our sins…and rise again bodily on the third day. He took our place on that cross. But knowing these facts and giving mental assent to them won’t save you or me. We must transfer our trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Have you done this yet? If not, why not “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and your will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Need assurance? Read 1 John 5:13.

What’s really important to you? Is it your parking spot, your pew at church or something else? What if Jesus came unexpectedly to your church? What if He came to your home? Would you welcome Him?  Think about this – He’s omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.

   “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother [a fellow Christian], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also” (1 John 4:20, 21).

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