Thanks, but no thanks!

By Russ Lawson

May 4, 2014

Thanks, but no thanks! What picture does that bring to your mind? Probably a picture of someone courteously refusing an offer from someone else. Of course the refusal doesn’t always have to be courteous does it?

A nurse shared this story: While I was working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children. One day I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her shot.

“NO! NO! NO!” she screamed.

“Lizzie,” her mother scolded. “That’s not polite behavior.”

At that, the girl yelled even louder, “NO, THANK YOU! NO, THANK YOU!”

Far too often our relationship with God is really no different. The scriptures tell us that he doesn’t want anyone to be lost, but wants everyone to be saved. He is offering eternal life to you, to me and to the whole world, but not everyone wants to accept the offer. In Galatians 1:6 the apostle Paul writes; “I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who in his love and mercy called you to share the eternal life he gives through Christ. You are already following a different way.”

How about you? Are you courteously telling God “No thank you”? Is there really a nice way to turn down God’s offer? Jesus told a crowd in Mark 8:18, ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears, can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all?” What do you choose to see, hear or remember about Christ’s offer of an eternal relationship with him?

Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at rlawson@wclo.net. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.