Does a near-miss in basketball count for anything?

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” James 2:10.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; James 1-5.

I view, and attend, quite a few basketball games.

I have seen my share of bad shots. Sometimes shooters will miss hitting any part of the basket!

If one shooter misses the basket entirely and another shooter has his/her shot go around the rim and out, they both have one thing in common; they both missed.

James isn’t writing about basketball, but he is explaining something that we all have in common; we have all broken God’s law.

Sadly, there are many in our culture who would suggest by their rationale that even though they missed their shot it wasn’t by much, so it is surely worth something.  Silly them!  The near miss and the total miss are both misses and count for nothing.

We have all sinned.  Yes, some have sinned more than others but less sins don’t remove a person from the “sinner” category.

Recognizing that we are sinners is the important first step toward understanding our need for the Gospel.  What follows must be repenting of our sins and believing that Jesus, when He died, took care of the consequences of our sins.

“Lord, Your Word is clear: We are all sinners condemned to eternal separation from You.  Thank You for explaining our need of You.  Thank You for providing a way for us to still gain eternal life with You.  I love You, Lord.”

We have all “missed.”  Now what?




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