Jesus doesn’t condemn, He saves.

by Kevin on September 20, 2010

I was working sheep near Bakersfield, Texas and had to cross a big draw. This “valley” comes to mind, not because of it’s size or appearance, but because of how thick the brush was in it. I was riding a horse named “Nanner Puddin” and as we got close to this draw I realized that this wasn’t going to be as easy as it looked.

I was taking the outside. To all the Wal-Martians (anyone who lives within 5 minutes of a Wal-Mart), this means my job was to go around the whole pasture and anything I find, I push to the middle of the pasture. I had the longest and farthest to go, so I had to also be the fastest.

So I got to this draw and after going down into it I understood pretty quickly that getting out the other side wasn’t going to be that easy. As a matter of fact, I was having a hard time finding anywhere close by that a horse could fit through. I went up and down that draw for what seemed like half a mile. I finally found a place where I might be able to fit Nanner and I through.

Now remember, I was on the outside and I was supposed to be going the fastest around this pasture and I had wasted a lot of time looking for a place to cross this draw. I got off Nanner and squeezed myself through this opening that was about half as tall and wide as a bedroom door. In order to fit through, Nanner actually had to get down on his knees at one point so the saddle horn would fit under a big mesquite limb. To actually see the humor in this, you have to know Nanner Puddin’. This is the same horse that when it started to rain one day, he went and loaded himself into the gooseneck trailer so he wouldn’t get wet. He refused to come out until it quit raining.

We got through the opening without any serious damage to horse or human and continued with our sheep gathering. The trick to the rest of the day was keeping those sheep from getting into that draw that I had just come through. It took a lot of riding and a couple of good cowboys to get it done. My dad and I made a pretty good team that day.

In the Book of John, we have that famous saying that you see at football games and other places. The famous John 3:16. But just like it would be silly for a barrel racer to only go around two barrels and then go for the finish line, I think it’s silly to leave verse 17 out of any quoting of John 3:16.

16″For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Just like the small opening in that draw, Jesus also gives us a way out of this world and into heaven. Jesus says in Matthew 7:13 that “the gate is small and the road is narrow that lead to life. Only a few people find it.” Are you so content with your worldly life that you are happy just to stay in the draw? Do you want to miss out on the other side? Maybe it’s time today for you to understand what verse 17 means. Jesus is the key to eternal life, but you must go through him. Jesus is that narrow opening in the brush. To get through it, you might even have to take a lesson from a horse. You need to get down on your knees.

Don’t wait any longer. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior today. There will probably be a good cowboy on the other side just waiting on you to come around. Come on around today, there’s lost sheep to gather.

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  • Well said. Amen.

  • Greg Box

    Wonderful Message Cowboy! Thank You and God Bless You And Your Family!


    • Kevin

      Thanks Greg for stoppin’ by. Come back soon.

  • Greg Box

    I don’t just have one particular favorite devotional that you have shared God’s Word, but this is sure enough a good one! They are all great, when your talking about our Awesome God! Will be praying for you and your new book on the horizon! God Bless You And Your Family Always!
    Thank You,

    Greg Box
    Midland, Texas

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