Doesn’t God Grade on the Curve?
I was in my third year at college, sitting in a dorm lobby when I noticed another student. I hadn’t seen him since seventh grade and did not even know he attended Florida State. We began to catch up when his date arrived. As we parted, he handed me a small booklet, saying, “I’m sorry I haven’t got time to explain this to you. Please read it; the message in here changed my life!”
I accepted the booklet and stuffed it into my pocket as my date arrived. Before the movie started that evening, I retrieved the booklet and began to read. For the first time I understood that I personally had done things that were displeasing to God and that I would be punished because of my wrongs. Until that night I thought that God would grade my life on the curve and that I would be in the upper percentiles. That night I understood that life is pass-fail and that I had failed.
As I read on I understood that God loved me so much that he accepted my punishment instead—he died for me–and that I needed to believe in Christ as my personal Savior. There in the theater I prayed, asking God to forgive me and accepting Christ as my Savior–and I was saved from my eternal punishment. Like the Philippian jailer, I too had come to become a member of God’s family.
I have not seen the student who gave me the booklet since that evening. He entered my life for a brief time and was kind enough to share Christ with me–one simply waiting for a clear explanation. Who is it in your life that God has prepared for you to share Christ with? Why not share with them today?
Additional References: John 1:12; Romans 5:22; Romans 10:11-15