Staff Corner - Pastor Greg Spires
Workers on a construction project decided to relocate a large generator to a new location. The most efficient way to move the generator to the spot they needed was to use a small crane on the site. One of the workers got behind the controls while the others attached the generator to the crane cable. The crane operator concluded the crane was plenty large enough to carry the generator.
The crane operator was correct about the crane’s ability to lift the generator. It was large enough and had plenty of power. However, he needed to place the generator in a spot that required the crane arm to reach out further from the crane than the operator had initially planned. Had the operator appropriately calculated, he would have set the outriggers on the crane to provide stability. He had skipped setting the outriggers to save time.
The generator crashed to the ground, and the crane ended up on its side. The impact damaged both the crane and the generator beyond repair. To save a few minutes, the crane operator ended up causing delays and damage.
He should have known better.
Crane operators go through training to make accurate load calculations. He should have known the load the crane could handle at the reach he used. In his training, he would have covered load planning in detail. He could not have claimed ignorance. The training and documentation for crane operation are there to provide safe operation. When the operator violated them, it didn’t reveal a problem with the training or documentation. It revealed a problem with the crane operator.
The Bible tells us in Romans 7:7, “What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin.” The law tells us what sin is. The law is good because it tells us about God and what it means to walk in His ways. The problem is, of course, we are like that crane operator. We convince ourselves we know a better way.
So, we make excuses for the sin in our life. We assume it isn’t that bad. Or we think it isn’t hurting anybody. Perhaps we wonder if some of the sins in the Bible are a little out of date. If God wrote the Bible today, it wouldn’t include some of those things that it calls sin, right?
Then, things come crashing down. And they always do because sin always destroys. The law is there at that moment too. It tells us, “You should’ve known better.”
We can thank God for His grace shown to us in Jesus Christ. Even when we have made a mess of things, He restores us as we trust Him in repentance. If you see the wreckage in your life from your rebellious actions, seek the Lord in repentance today that you might experience His grace.
But maybe you haven’t seen the wreckage yet. You might be thinking you’re getting away with it. Instead of repenting because of the wreckage, you can respond to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. He has been telling you the truth about your sin, but you’ve been ignoring Him. The Spirit’s prompting is God’s grace to you. He is calling you to repentance before everything comes crashing down. Won’t you seek Him and His grace?
I look forward to being with you this Sunday as we celebrate the work of God in Jesus Christ together! This Sunday, we will be seeking God through His Word in Romans 7:7-12.
Praying with you,