Frank Hay

Frank Hay

Romans 12:1-2 (ASV) -- 1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2) And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Growing up in a mill village, I learned what it was like to be raised by a village. Everyone knew everyone. We always knew what was cooking for dinner or supper; there was no AC, and windows were up and the smells were in the air. Screen doors could be heard slamming up and down the block. No matter what house you were visiting, you were subject to their rules and if you had problems, you could expect to hear from it when you got home. School was the same. A spanking at school meant another when you got home. We knew the difference between right and wrong. It did not mean we always did what was right but we knew the consequences.

Today it seems we are unaware of the consequences of disobedience, especially when we break the laws of God. I have heard that we do not break God’s laws -- we break ourselves on them. Many laugh at the Bible. Some even claim to be followers but pick and choose what they believe.

To some, the Ten Commandments are either too many or too burdensome, and are treated more like suggestions than commands. But, like going home after misbehaving at someone else’s house or school, one day we shall face the Great rule maker, God. That same Bible we brush aside when it does not fit our needs or desires, tells us, “One day all shall bow before our maker." Romans 14:11 (KJV) -- 11) "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. And in Philippians 2:10 (KJV), 10) "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth."

Dear friends, today it’s not too late to make a positive decision and accept what Jesus has already done for you. Your choice is to choose to be transformed into a child of God or be conformed to the mold this world has for you. Jesus died on a cross just for you. I earnestly implore you to choose to serve Him. Keep in mind, though, God is not mocked. His will eventually will endure.

God’s richest blessings and prayers that you decide to follow Jesus. Your life depends on your decision.

J. Frank Hay Jr. is a pastor and chaplain in Orangeburg.

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