by Tim Leahy
It’s a new year with new opportunities and new possibilities. During this time of year it’s natural to look forward with great expectations. It’s also natural and wise to look back to reflect on what went well (blessings) and what didn’t. As the old saying goes – if we don’t learn from the past we’re likely to repeat the past.
The good news, correction, the great news is that no matter how bad you blew it in 2014, there’s an opportunity for a re-do. In the golf world this is known as a mulligan. If you’ve hit it in the woods, shanked it in water, or duffed it 2 inches you can re-hit it.
God is the God of second chances. God knew we would blow it. Knowing this He provided us with a re-do. This re-do has to do with our need to be forgiven and restored by God. This re-do can only take place when we realize that our sins have separated us from God and acknowledge that He has fixed our problem by sending His Son Jesus to die in our place. Click here for full details.
Once we have received God’s Mulligan (Jesus) we (His Children – 1 John 1:12) are given more mulligans along the path of life. God knew that we would continue to blow it and hit it in the woods daily and be in need of do-overs. See Luke 11:15-32 to see an example of God’s re-dos.
God’s additional mulligan’s are received when we once again acknowledge that we blew it and confess it to God. God tells us in 1 John 1:9 that when we do this “… that He’s faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Once we do this God restores us so we can get back on course to living the life He created us to live.
Unlike the mulligan in the game of golf, we still face the consequences for our actions. We are forgiven and restored, and responsible. To see this played out look at King David’s life click here.
King David was a man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22) who badly miss hit the ball many times in his life. He confessed it, was forgiven and restored, but paid the price for his choices; both he, and his family. The great news is that God is the God of second chances who does not want any to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), and experience His love and forgiveness throughout our time on earth, then eternally when our journey on earth is done.
If you’ve never received God’s first Mulligan let me encourage you to do that (John 3:16) right now by trusting in Jesus’ death in your place for the forgiveness of your sins, and committing to live your life His way.
If you’ve received God’s first Mulligan and are using His additional mulligan’s to stay on course then tell others who are stuck in the sand traps and water hazards of life.
Click here for resources to help you live the life God created us to live, and join us on Sunday nights at The Gathering to celebrate the God of second chances.