16/11/2022 by Rev. Doug Walker 0 Comments
The Winning Numbers
As seen in the HEARTbeat and the Village Voice
The Winning Numbers
Do you feel lucky? Have you gone out and purchased lottery tickets lately? The jackpots have been getting to a point where my wife refuses to take part. Her position is, “I don’t want to be responsible for that amount of money!” While some may think that is a crazy position to take, others of you might just agree with her.
Even though we rarely buy a lottery ticket, my wife and I have talked about the outcome IF we won the lottery. We are in agreement that we would give half of the winnings away, no matter the jackpot size. Of course, the first thing we agreed to do is to pay a tithe to the church. But what would we do with the remaining forty percent? The possibilities are endless, and equally confounding to think about. However, just as she always says, you have to play to win. In other words, you have to commit yourself by buying a lottery ticket to even have the hope of winning.
Being a child of God is a lot like the lottery (stay with me for just a second). People make the choice whether to play the lottery or not, a decision that can be life altering. People likewise make a choice to accept the sacrifice of God’s only Son for the forgiveness of sin, which is a life-altering choice. People who purchase a lottery ticket must have hope that they may be the one, or one of many, who will win the jackpot. People who accept the gift of eternal life by claiming Jesus as their Lord and Savior should also have a hope; it is called faith.
Hebrews 11:1 says this: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” If we don’t have faith or hope we will win the lottery, we don’t play, do we? But sadder still is a person who claims to have accepted Christ as their Savior yet not committing themselves to faith or hope in Him.
Winning the lottery would definitely change the lives of the winners and possibly those around them – temporarily. Accepting Christ as your personal Savior will definitely change your life – forever. Lottery winnings don’t last, but being a child of God lasts forever!
Do you want the winning numbers to the best lottery ever proposed? Those numbers are 3-16. You can find them in the Gospel of John. “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall never perish but have eternal life.” Winning with God is a winning that lasts forever. Give those numbers a try and see if they change your life!