Pastor Nigel's thought of the week
If I could give you a “Get-Out-of-Jail-Free” card so that anything you did wrong for the rest of your life you would never be punished for… would that excite you?
Think about it. You could steal whatever you wanted. You could cheat on exams and get whatever degree you wanted. You could drive as fast as you wanted. Sleep with who you wanted. Shoot who you wanted.
The possibilities are mind-blowing! Now, suppose I asked would you prefer to do right and get no thanks or do wrong and get no punishment – which would you choose?
Of course, to be a follower of God we will choose to do right and get no thanks simply because it is the right thing to do – even if no one is watching.
Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
It’s all about the character we take to heaven, not the gold we have on earth.