Today's Lectionary Text
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Let’s talk about – speeding.
Here are two real-life stories to start us off:
One: When my cousin was about 5 or 6, riding in the car with her family, she leaned over the front seat and asked, “Daddy, if you go over the speed limit, do you have to stop and tell the police?”
Two: My first job out of college was as the education reporter for the Parsons Sun in southeast Kansas. Filling in for the cops-and-courts reporter one day, I had to sort through traffic violations for anything newsworthy. One made me laugh out loud: A man stopped for doing 57 mph in a 35-mile zone, who told the cop, “I wouldn’t have gone so fast if I knew you were there.”
Both of those stories make me think about confession.
Imagine pulling up to a patrol car and telling the officer that you had been speeding. The response to any sort of confession short of a major crime would likely result in a good chortle from the cop.
And yet, like the po-po in Parsons, God is watching over us and knows our transgressions. Would we really do what we’ve done if we know that we’re being watched?
Most of us don’t confess to a cop, but we do to our Lord. We want Him to know that we’ve recognized what we’ve done is not fit in His sight, and we atone for our ways.
There are other ways that I can compare speeding to sinning – but I’ll get to that in tomorrow’s installment.
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Prayer for Reflection
Dear God, we need to remember to give you control of the gas pedal and the brakes in our lives. Amen.
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