September 30, 2019

Yesterday, for the Children’s Sermon in worship, I used my welder’s helmet to explain how it prevents harmful light from damaging my eyes. And because the helmet allows me to see the right way, I can do the things I need to do. Then I compared the welder’s helmet to the Bible and explained that it helps me see the world the right way so that I can do what God wants me to do.

At the end of the service, David, who has welded some equipment I broke, told Shannon not to worry. Whatever catastrophe I caused by welding, he would fix. She was very relieved. This got me thinking.

Having a welder does not make me a welder.

Having a welder’s helmet does not make me a welder.

Having a welding table, welding gloves, and the very cool looking fireproof shirt does not make me a welder.

What makes me a welder is welding. It’s the same with Christianity.

Having a Bible does not make me a Christian.

Going to church does not make me a Christian.

Doing good deeds does not make me a Christian.

What makes me a Christian is believing God sent his Son to save me.

This is what Jesus meant by saying: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)

The greatest news of all is that God sent his Son to save us. That’s how much God loves us. All we have to do is believe.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for sending your Son to do what no one else could do. In those moments when I am weak and wavering, help me to hold to the truth that saves me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

What makes us Christian is belief. Everything else we do is in response to our belief in the one who saves us.

Also, just for the record, I am such a poor welder, that whenever I put on my welder’s helmet and fire up the welder, the angels in heaven start laughing. It’s quite a show.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins