Some of you may have seen a short video clip of one of the Canadian Freedom Convoy truckers very emotionally trying to read a note from an envelope he received from an 11-year-old girl named Kate. If you have not seen it and would like to, it can be seen by the following trail:
Go to: Canada Free Press, From the Mouths of Babes to Freedom Convoy Truckers: “Reach for the stars. We Believe in You.” There is a video entitled “It’s Over Klaus.” At the 6 minute/35 second mark, you will find the referenced clip.
At this point, it shows a big, tough Canadian trucker trying to explain his gift. On the outside of the envelope, there is a hand-drawn truck with a trailer with a heart drawn on it. “Reach for the stars. We believe in you,” it says on the outside. Stapled to the envelope is a Ziploc bag with a single cookie inside.
There is a note inside where the 11-year-old explains that she doesn’t know much about human rights, but she believes what is happening to people is wrong. She closes with this: “I know you can do it.”
The trucker’s reaction said a great deal to me about the Spiritual battle that is going on all around us. It is truly about Good vs evil, Right vs wrong, Love vs hate.
Evil doesn’t understand a cookie from an 11-year-old girl to a total stranger,
Or the love of a parent for their child,
Or the love of a child for their parents,
Or why people will stay out in the freezing cold to stand against evil and fight for freedom,
Or why young men and women will volunteer to put their lives in the darkness and dread of war for their country.
And certainly, evil doesn’t understand the love of Jesus Christ for people. It doesn’t understand because it can’t. So, instead, it hates.
I wonder, I hope, and I pray that the trucker might come to understand that the little girl and that heartfelt note and single cookie, given unselfishly to a total stranger, is a little tiny glimpse of the unselfish gift that Jesus Christ came to give to all of us total strangers.
Maybe he does. Maybe he already has that free gift of salvation from Jesus, and that note and cookie just served to remind him. I hope so. Little, seemingly innocuous acts like that are what God uses sometimes to remind us that He will not leave us or forsake us. God is love, and He is Trustworthy.
I hope and pray that God might use that video to convey His message of hope and salvation to anyone who may see it that does not have a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, to the crux of this article.
Romans 5:8, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
What does God require in order to receive His free gift of eternal life according to His Word?
- Genuine repentance
- Confession of sins
- Belief that Jesus Christ paid your death sentence for you on the cross
- To acknowledge that you are unable to pay that debt
- To believe that Jesus is the Way, the only Way, that God has established by which humans may be saved from the consequences of their sin and rebellion.
That is it. Very simple. But that word “genuine” must be, well… Genuine.
If you watched the video, you no doubt noticed that the trucker became very emotional. Yes, it is an emotional thing to receive grace. But he needn’t apologize or be embarrassed about it. I would remind him, if I could, of the shortest verse in the Bible – John 11:35, “Jesus wept.”
Maybe he already knows that verse. I hope so.
You, too, can reach for the star, the Bright Morning Star, Jesus Christ.
Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with Me.”
1 Corinthians 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
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