When I thought God was hard, I found it easy to sin; but when I found God so kind, so good, so overflowing with compassion, I smote upon my breast to think that I could ever have rebelled against the One who loved me so... – C.H. Spurgeon
Everyone with white pants on wants to jump in a mud pit. After all, this is why we bought the white pants - to trash them.
Absurd, right? (And a total waste of pants.)
So why do believers jump back into a cesspool of sin? And why do they - as they sit there in their muddy, white pants - always give the same excuse, I did it because I can. I’m free, remember? I can do this because grace covers it.
It’s okay to look down in their pit and say, “If that’s what you think, you’re totally missing grace.”
Am I free to jump back into the cesspool of sin? Yes. Just as I’m free to put my hand on a hot stove or free to run my car into a tree. I’m free to go back to filth. But why would I want to? Jesus rescued me from the filth. He pulled me out of the pit. He cleaned me off, gave me a new life, came to live inside me, and set me free to live. I see nothing in the cesspool that is worth revisiting. Everything worth living for looks back at me from the eyes of Jesus.
What then? Shall we sin because we are…under grace? By no means!...Thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness - (Romans 6:15, 17-18).
That word allegiance means I have taken the power I had - the freedom to choose sin - and I have chosen Jesus. I’m fully committed with no desire to turn back. I used to be a slave to sin, but everything has changed.
I’m not going back.
I will follow.
The cesspool will never again be my home, but there are still a lot of people who live there. People who need to hear the invitation to dance with their Savior.
Rescuer from the Pit, I’m headed towards the pools of cess with You. Strengthen me, as there are old patterns there which once defined my life. Perhaps I don’t trust myself, but I do trust You and the transformation you’ve done in me. I have a story to tell to those in cess - an invitation to extend - to those who live in those patterns of sin. Lead me. Amen.
Listen to Pete, Jill & Stuart Briscoe on the Telling the Truth broadcast at OnePlace.com
Based on the novel, The Bema: A Story About the Judgment Seat of Christ by Tim Stevenson, The BEMA Drama was initially performed by Pete Briscoe as part of a sermon series in 1999. In 2000, Bent Tree performed the drama a second time and created a VHS video with the hope of sharing this life-transforming message of living for THE day beyond the walls of Bent Tree.