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Are You SAVED?

A former Middle School teacher who gained a reputation in holding countless students accountable was yet loved by them. Her expertise was teaching math and science.

Mrs. Stricklen stood at four feet eleven inches, well dressed and didn't allow even the most difficult students to get away short of completing their assignments. Mrs. Stricklen was strict but loved.

Nearing retirement, one day rushing to work, driving too fast and Mrs. Stricklen was pulled over by the highway patrol who was a former student. Mrs. Stricklen didn't recognize the highway patrolman, but it was 'Little Johnny', who is now a six-foot-one inch tall, handsome young man.

Little Johnny noticed Mrs. Stricklen’s polo shirt had the name of a local middle school on it. "I teach math there," Mrs. Stricklen explained.

Then little Johnny smiled, and said, "Okay, here’s a problem. A teacher is speeding down the highway at 16 m.p.h. over the limit. At $12 for every mile, plus $40 court costs, plus the rise in her insurance, what’s her total cost?"

Mrs. Stricklen replied, "Taking that total, subtracting the low salary I receive, multiplying by the number of kids who hate math, then adding to that the fact that none of us would be anywhere without teachers like me young man, so I’d say zero." Then she politely smiled.

He handed me back her license. "Math was never my favorite subject," he admitted. "Please slow down."

What’s the point of this story? Here is one thing I would like to make of it. I am sure that Mrs. Stricklen was 'HOPING' not to get a ticket. And she did pretty good to worm her way out of it. Better than most of us. She "hoped" for salvation from suffering in a sense.

The question today is, are you sure you are SAVED? Are you sure you have given your life to Jesus? There will come a time that each of us will give an answer and we will not be able to work our way out of the question.

Romans 10:9 states; “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved".

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Pastor Lloyd


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