Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Open Door of Christian Confession

It is hard to get in trouble in Sweden.  Even if you’ve done something wrong and want to make things right, Swedish police won’t make it easy.  You have to work for it.

Last week, a Swedish man connected to a murder visited a police station to turn himself in.  He had been on the run for over a year, living as a fugitive.  He was tired of hiding and wanted to make things right.  So, he stopped by a local police station to be arrested.

When the man rang the bell of the police station, the attendant said that the station was closed and he would need to come back later.  The man responded: "Closed? I'm suspected of murder and a wanted man – you guys really want to get ahold of me."  The attendant explained that it wasn’t a good time.   The station was closed for remodeling and things were a bit messy.  If the man wanted to turn himself in, he would need to do it at another station.  The man followed the attendant’s instructions and was arrested elsewhere.

Good thing life with Christ doesn’t work that way.  The moment we want to confess our guilt and be forgiven, He is there with arms wide open.  No office hours to be considered.  No referrals.  Jesus is very clear: “Here I am! 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.”  In other words, Christ is ready and available to every contrite heart that seeks Him. 

As you go through the coming week, begin by turning your life over to Jesus.  Quit running, call on Him, be forgiven, and enjoy life with Him.  You will be free from guilt and condemnation.  You will find grace and mercy and life changing power in Him.  Though police stations may not have the time and space, Christ is always ready and waiting. 

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