Mamaw Got a New Tattoo Part 3

When I was a kid we listened to record albums called 45’s. Both sides contained a song and after hearing one side you could turn it over and hear the “flip side”. In the last two articles I have  tried to rebuke sin. Sins are what separate man from his Creator. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” {Isaiah 59:2} Sin is why Christ died. The Bible says “…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” {I Corinthians 15:3b} If you die in your sins you will spend eternity in Hell. Just how bad is Hell? Jesus said, “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched” {Mark 9:43}

The last two articles were side one, this article is side two,the flip side.

I was reared in an almost “Leave it to Beaver/Father Knows Best” type of environment. A working dad, a stay at home mom, dinner on the table at five o’clock every evening. Ideally I think that’s the way every home ought to be. I’m funny that way. I will be the first to admit that I am an old fogy. But I know what the Bible says concerning good and evil and right and wrong. I have in the last two articles described a very gloomy picture of our nation. A nation saturated with sin…a nation ‘awash in evil’.

But there is  good news; Jesus came to save the very people who I described in my last two articles. “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” {Mark 2:16-17}

The Bible tells us, “…the common people heard him gladly.” {Mark 12:37b} The religious crowd was too good to associate with “sinners” But that was {and is} exactly who Jesus was trying to reach “…I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

As a matter of fact Jesus told the religious crowd in His day, …Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.” {Matthew 21:31b}

Financially and morally America has seen better days. The nation is indeed ripe, ripe for judgment or ripe for revival.  “…Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” {John 4:35}

Here is the gist of what I’m trying to say…the Lord Jesus came to save tattooed mamaws!

He came to save sinners! Sinners of every stripe. Sinners like you and me.

It is only by the grace of God that I’m not strung out on drugs tonight.

It is only by the grace of God that I’m not divorced and shacking up with some woman.

It is only by the grace of God that I’m not a tattooed boozed up mess.

God saved me when I was 25 years old. He saved me from a life of destruction and from an eternal Hell.

He changed my life.

I want other people’s lives to be changed.

Consider the following statement from the late missionary C. T. Studd {1860-1931} “Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a Rescue Shop within a yard of hell.”

My prayer is that our churches become “rescue shops” and may those of us who have experienced the new birth become rescue workers!

Brother Shawn

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