All your evil and wrong that you did, all the going along with the crowd, all your going whichever way the wind blows, all your disregard for what is right – it had killed you. Living lives doing whatever we pleased, we were, like everyone else, in a rat race we couldn’t win.
But God is merciful. Because God loved us so much, in spite of everything we’d done to screw ourselves up, gave us a second chance to live. You’ve been undeservedly rescued. Along with Jesus, God has given you a higher calling – indeed a heavenly calling – so even future generations will look back and see proof of God’s goodness by the difference Jesus made in our lives. Make no mistake: you didn’t deserve this second chance. You didn’t make this happen, so don’t brag about it. It’s God’s gift to you. All of us are created by God, just as Jesus was, to do something good. That’s what God intends our way of life to be.
You’ve got one shot, but if you’ve ever realized that you had a second chance you didn’t deserve, then you know what this passage is about.
Some folks realize they’ve been given a second chance after recovery from a catastrophic illness. For others, it might be a new career, an unexpected opportunity for reconciliation with family or a loved one. You know who you are.
What you may not realize, though, is that every opportunity is a second chance. You may have a “dead end” job, but that dead end job is your platform to do something great. Even if you’re flipping burgers right now. It’s not about the burgers. It’s about your attitude. You can just flip burgers, or you can make showing up for life your art. You can just wait tables, or you can make service an art. You can just answer the phone, or you can connect people. You get the idea. You may be at “rock bottom,” but Jesus liked to say that rock is a pretty solid platform to build on.
If you read the last paragraph and said, “Yes, but ____ (insert the reason it doesn’t apply to you here),” you missed it.