11/25/09 Shanelle and Alex, both early 20's
God's law had done its work. Shanelle had gone from confident assurance in her good works for salvation to the belief that her good would outweigh her bad, and finally to a desperate hope that her sincere repentance would convince God that she is worthy of heaven on judgment day. But the standard of the Ten Commandments had taken away any illusions of heavenly rewards and had revealed her true state as a sinner deserving punishment. It was a quiet evening at the store where she worked so I had felt free to ask Shanelle about eternal things, and we were joined after a few minutes by her coworker, Alex.. Both had church backgrounds and seemed sensitive to the seriousness of their sins, so they didn't try to explain or excuse it away. I told them I had recently seen the movie "2012" in which a man held a sign saying "Repent, the end is near" while the world fell down around him. "But by then it will be too late to repent, won't it?" Shenelle agreed. "If there is a way to be declared innocent, to settle out of court and have your case dismissed now, before judgment day, would you be interested in it?" I asked. "Oh yes!" Shanelle exclaimed, and I could tell Alex also wanted to know how this could be possible. What a joy to be able to go to share the good news of Jesus with hearts that were thirsty for it, a thirst that had been created by the heat of God's law and the consequences for breaking it.