Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Would you take action if you identified a potential threat to a person? Would you be more motivated if the threat were acute or imminent? Dr. Peter Sandman explains there are two issues relating to threats. The first is getting people motivated to avoid what appears to be a nominal or distant threat. The second is calming people down when a perceived threat is negligible. Dr. Sandman’s specialty relates to environmental threats where concerns are often overstated. Spiritual threats, in contrast, carry far more dire consequences.
I have spent many years assisting in the cleanup of hazardous waste sites that pose threats to human health and the environment. One aspect environmental remediation is the nature of the threat posed by toxic and hazardous chemicals that have been released. Certain chemicals are known to cause chronic harm at relatively low concentrations. Adverse health effects may arise if a person were exposed to them on a day-to-day basis for many years. In contrast, if concentrations of these same chemicals exist at elevated levels, the exposure could pose an acute threat.
An acute threat means significant and permanent harm, potentially even death, could befall a person in the short term. Environmental cleanups were structured so the sites where acute threats existed received the quickest and most comprehensive attention to preserve our physical well-being. Unfortunately, even a perfectly clean environment will not eliminate the spiritual risk we face if we don’t clean it up before we meet a Holy God.
When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, he spoiled the perfect, unspoiled environment God had created. Adam was not meant to die, but his sin of disobedience by eating the forbidden fruit brought a death sentence upon him and all his progeny. Because he now had to face the reality that someday he would die, the question arose as to where he would go after his death.
Suddenly Adam had incurred both a death sentence and an acute threat. The death sentence pertained to his physical life and being, acute threat centered on his spirit – where would he spend eternity? Adam had been cut off from the Tree of Life and was separated from God.
Today we have the same dilemma as Adam. We are all rushing headlong to the grave as the days of our lives pass. Ironically, we are always complaining that our days are few, but acting as though there would be no end to them. One day, however, each of us will die. Each of us faces an acute threat to our eternal resting place if we fail to find the way into Heaven. The Bible tells us clearly the only sure Way into Heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:6)
Man has the ability to remove the acute threat of toxic chemicals to assure people can continue living in safety. Man cannot remove the acute threat of eternal death by himself. We all need a divine Savior to remove the acute threat of losing our place in Heaven (Romans 3:23, 5:1, 5:18). This is the oldest and most acute threat known to man. It is present every day in our lives and becomes more imminent with each passing day and each of us needs to focus our full attention and energy on this issue.
Jesus lived a perfect, clean life and provided a perfect sacrifice for our sins. God has accepted His sacrifice as atonement for our sin. Through divine power, Jesus was resurrected from the grave and conquered death. Through Him, our spiritual death can be avoided. He is our Tree of Life.
There are many ways to clean up environmental contamination, but there is only one Way to clean and purge us of the sins we commit (John 3:16). Make sure you have your sins cleaned. Make sure you find the Way into Heaven by means of faith in Jesus Christ. His normal plan for salvation removes any acute threat to your eternity.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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