Forced Removal

This is not at all the planned article for this week, but given recent circumstances I felt that this is the article that needed to be written…

This is not political…this is not in favor one way or another of the situation given that I do not have all the facts, but it did lead me to a very deep thought process that truly has opened my eyes to something that maybe we have difficulty seeing sometimes.

By now, I’m sure that many of you have seen the video on the news of the passenger being forcefully removed from a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville…the story being shown is that the passenger refused to give up a seat on an “overbooked” flight to apparently open seats for pilots who needed to get to Louisville for another flight the following day.

What it spurred in my mind is this…that nothing is overbooked with God.  We will never be forced to leave His presence…we will never be pulled out of His grasp.  The airline asked for volunteers to leave, and then as one passenger put it, “United decided for them” who would be removed.  God welcomes all to come and will never ask us to give up our seat at the table to accommodate someone who is “more important.”

It is a truly sad video to watch, and honestly, as I said before, I do not know enough details about the situation to determine who was right or wrong, but as I watched it I was comforted in knowing that Christ died for all of us and not only for a few elect.  No one else can determine whether we are worthy of the sacrifice that he made for us because God has already determined that we are all worthy of His gift.  The fact is that none of us are worthy on our own, but because of God’s mercy and grace we have been accepted as rightful heirs to His kingdom.

We are God’s children, and no one can take that away from us. NO ONE can tell you that you’re not good enough, no matter what your past holds.  NO ONE can tell you that you are unworthy of Christ’s sacrifice, because it is not their place to judge for God.  NO ONE except for YOU can remove yourself from the benefits of God’s grace.  Only you can decide whether you accept His gift.

Today, I encourage you to accept the gift that God has so freely given…accept that Jesus came and died on a cross for your sins and was raised again, defeating death and hell, to give you a chance at life eternal with Him.  You are a child of God and it is your rightful place, not because you earned it, but because He gave it…so accept His grace and live a life guided by the Holy Spirit, showing others how to take their seat at the Table of God; after all, there are plenty of seats available.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23, HCSB

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