10 to 1 odds

Even if you are not a college basketball follower (like me) it’s hard to ignore March Madness. This year, unless you have a “dog in the fight” it’s hard to not cheer for Loyola. Yes, I’m one of those people that if I don’t really care for a specific team—I root for the underdog—so go Ramblers!

What is fascinating to me is the “odds” that are placed on teams. I’m not a gambler (not that I have anything against those who choose to responsibly gamble) but I stink at it and choose to use the money I have for other things. But this idea of “odds” is curious to me—how, and more importantly who decides this ratio? I am sure there are mathematical and statistical formulas, but I also think it is based on opinion, perspective, and bias. That is just is not enough foundation for me.

One of the most interesting discussions I have with people concerning their faith is about obedience—there is a sense that if “I try to keep the 10 Commandments” that is good enough. Well I challenge any of us to honestly say we follow the 10 Commandments…here is a reminder of what they are (with a Cliff Note explanation taken from a children’s Bible study):

1. You shall have no other gods before Me. (Put God first)
2. You shall not make idols. (Worship God only)
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. (Use God’s name with respect)
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Honor God’s creation)
5. Honor your father and your mother. (Respect your parents)
6. You shall not murder. (Do not harm others)
7. You shall not commit adultery. (Be faithful in marriage, even in your thoughts)
8. You shall not steal. (Do not take things that are not yours)
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Do not lie or gossip)
10. You shall not covet. (Do not be envious of others)

If this were a quiz how did you do? How many of the 10 do you keep 100% of the time? Remember, these are God’s Commandments, not His suggestions. Well my score is not something to brag about so based on this test my odds of being pleasing to God are not very good.

But here is the good news—we do not have to bet on the 10 odds; the 1 odd guarantee is freely available to everyone. That odd came on the Cross of Jesus Christ. Acts 2:21 states it very clearly, “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Tomorrow is Easter or Resurrection Sunday. I hope you enjoy time with family and other loved ones—that is important. I pray that you will reflect on your relationship with God to see if you are working to fulfill the 10 odds by being a good person, trusting and calling on Jesus for the 1 true odd and being an heir to the throne, or just going about your own way.

 

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