The Rules Never Change

Posted by Richard Harris | | Posted On Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 1:31 PM

When I played basketball I was considered short, that being the case no one changed the rules where others would have to shoot at a regular basket but I could shoot at a shorter one. The rules stayed the same. When I played baseball I could field the ball really well but could not hit all that great. With that in mind no one changed the rules where I could field and someone else could hit for me. The rules stayed the same, I had to bat.

When I was in school I enjoyed and excelled in reading and writing, but math and science now that was another story. I would have loved for someone to declare me exempt from math and science and though I tried it never happened. I had to take the same classes as everyone else; no one changed the requirements just for me. Often I am running a little late for meetings, work and church activities. When I am running late there is the temptation to go a little faster than the speed limit requires. When I am stopped by the police they do not change the laws because I am late, the law is the law and the policeman writes the ticket.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the rules in life changed to fit our shortcomings? Not really if you think about it. I loved playing basketball because even though I was short I was quick. I could do things the tall people couldn’t do. That made it more enjoyable to me. Maybe I could not hit a baseball as far as others but I could still be a part of the team by keeping the other team from scoring. Defense was my strength and I enjoyed playing my position.

School was difficult at times but I was able to overcoming some of my shortcomings and graduate from college with honors. The fact that it did not come easy for me makes even more proud of my accomplishments. Then there is that late thing, well I am still working on it but the sooner I realize no one is going to change the time I work or the speed limits on the road the better off I will be.

Consistency of rules is nice and comforting in a lot of ways especially when it comes to the ‘Good News’ of Christ. We all come to Christ from different directions. Some come from homes that love the Lord and are constantly in church. Others come from homes that never go to church and have no idea what the “Good News” of Christ is.

Still others come from broken homes, while others come from homes with steady relationships. There are those who come to the ‘gospel’ from the standpoint of abuse or neglect. Then are those who come to Christ from a stand point of wealth while others are poor. Some come with higher education while others barely finish grade school.

Rich, poor, educated, uneducated, loved, unloved and the list goes on and on, we all come to Christ differently but the best news is that He meets and loves us all the same. The rules do not change from person to person.

And what is the rule? Christ died for us paying the price for our sins on the cross, we need only accept that love and believe in Him and we will spend eternity with the Lord in heaven. God’s love has never changed and never will.

I am thankful that Christ accepts me the way I am with all of my imperfections and I am thankful I do not have to keep up with a God that is constantly changing the rules.

In an ever changing world you have a never changing God, the ground is level for all of us at the cross and it always will be. That is truly good news!

Scripture: The Good News, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank you that your love is the one thing in life we can count on. We thank you that your power is indeed made perfect in our weakness. May we lean on your Holy Spirit for power, strength and endurance in the days that we live. We bring our love to you with thankful hearts this day. We ask these things in the Name of Christ our Savior, Amen.

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