Inspire – November 16, 2020 – Cancelled

What have you had to cancel during 2020 due to Covid-19?

Let’s see. So far these come to mind: church services, March Madness, family gatherings, birthday parties, vacations, girlfriend weekends, hair color and cut appointments, anniversary celebrations, funerals, weddings, in-person school, trick-or-treating, fireworks, fall festivals, art festivals, public pools, playgrounds, parades, movies, baby showers, wedding showers, theater presentations, homecoming activities, mission trips, nursing home and hospital visitation. Whew! I am getting sadder as I am typing this list.

We have cancelled so many normal activities of the year due to Covid-19. “Cancel” has become a normal part of life and I don’t like it one little bit. Being an Enneagram 7, cancelling ANYTHING is a punch in the gut to me.

There is one thing worth cancelling. Sin. Because of what Jesus has done for me, my sin is cancelled. Gone. Forever. Remembered no more. Cancelled. And I am grateful and thankful.

He forgave us all our trespasses, having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross!”  Colossians 2:13b-14

Repent, then, and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped away.” Acts 3:19

Has your sin been cancelled, too? It’s so simple that we often make it hard. We need to acknowledge our sin and with a contrite heart ask God to forgive us. No fancy, religious words are required. It can be as simple as, “God, I have sinned against You, my friends, my family and my co-workers. Forgive me and give me a new start. Cancel my sin, please. In Jesus’ name. Amen.” If we ask, He will cancel our sin. We become a new person.

May we seek to have anything that does not lead us to eternal life canceled.

Cheering you on!

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