Super Tuesday results are in. What have we learned?
Manfred Fritz Bajorat was a fifty-nine-year-old German sailor. His body was recently discovered in a yacht floating in the Pacific Ocean. Authorities have no idea how long he has been dead. The dry ocean winds and salty air helped mummify his body, which was found slumped over a desk in what seems to be a radio room.
His death was certainly unique, but so was his life. So is yours.
NASA estimates that there are more than one billion "Earth-like" planets in our galaxy. These are rocky planets approximately the size of Earth that orbit sunshine stars in the "habitable zone" where water could be liquid at the surface. This estimate doesn't include the number of such planets in other galaxies.
And yet, despite all these options, we have yet to discover life on any planet but our own.
Closer to home, scientists have now discovered the specific gene that can lead to gray hair. It is known as IRF4 and relates to the cellular process that produces melanin, the pigment that determines hair color. This gene variant does not guarantee that its owner will have gray hair, but it makes graying more likely.
While you may share IRF4 with others, you share your soul with no one but yourself.
God made no one else quite like you. He didn't create you because humanity needed another human. He didn't make me because the world needed another philosopher. Our Father made us because he loves us. He loves you and me as much as he loves his own Son (John 17:23, 26). And his Son would die all over again, just for you.
When you encounter such grace, your life can never be the same.
Augustine testified, "I was held fast, not in fetters clamped upon me by another, but by my own will, which had the strength of iron chains. The enemy held my will in his power and from it he had made a chain and shackled me. For my will was perverse and lust had grown from it, and when I gave in to lust habit was born, and when I did not resist the habit it became a necessity. These were the links which together formed what I have called my chain, and it held me fast in the duress of servitude" (Confessions 8:5).
The grace that freed Augustine and made him the greatest theologian since Paul is now available to you. And to everyone you know.
I don't know if you'll die tomorrow or Jesus will return today. But I do know that grace is the only hope for our fallen race. And that grace is available to you, this moment.
The Puritan theologian Thomas Watson claimed that "a man's greatest care should be for that place where he lives longest; therefore eternity should be his scope." If you'll live for eternity today, you'll be eternally grateful.
So will all who find God's grace in yours.
Publication date: March 3, 2016
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