North Pointe Family!
One of the main characters in the movie Seabiscuit is a broken-down, unemployed cowboy named Tom Smith. Millionaire Charles Howard, who is about to engage in a horse racing enterprise, has a campfire interview with Smith and asks why he bothered rescuing an old, lame horse that was sentenced to death because of a broken leg. Tom replies, "You don't throw a whole life away just 'cause it's banged up a bit." Together they find and purchase Seabiscuit. Under Tom’s guiding hand Seabiscuit is transformed from a temperamental horse headed for death to a champion horse that beat War Admiral, considered the top horse in the country. Tom Smith changed the direction of Seabiscuit's life. What a picture of God. We were broken. We were sentenced to death. As dramatic a difference as Tom made in that horse’s life, Christ makes an infinitely greater difference in our lives.
In the opening verses of this Sunday’s passage, Paul describes our condition before meeting Christ:
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”
As much as experts in the horseracing industry suggested that people ought to give up on Seabiscuit, how much more should God have given up on us? Looking at Ephesians 2:1-3, we weren’t worth saving. But like Tom Smith, God didn’t give up on us. He paid an infinitely higher price, the blood of His Son, in restoring us.
Join me in giving thanks that God didn’t throw a whole life away just because it was “banged up a bit.”