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Not as complicated as I thought
August 24, 2009
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran,Cokato

Have you ever put off a fix-it project because it involved taking out quite a few tools and you thought you didn’t have enough time to do it all in one day? Well, sometimes, things aren’t as complicated as we think.

One night, after I had cleaned my stovepipe for burning wood, I thought I should finally take care of putting in a piece of missing firebrick in the wood stove.

When I bought the stove, it was reduced in price because it was missing that half-piece of firebrick, which covered the hole to the ash drawer at the bottom of the stove. After I started using the stove, I decided it was easier to just move the coals to the side and scoop out the ashes, so I didn’t actually need to use the ash drawer. I cut a piece of stainless steel mesh to temporarily cover the hole, fully intending to someday replace the missing piece of firebrick.

Several years later, I found a sale on firebrick, and purchased two of them, planning to one day cut one of them to cover the hole. But to do that, I had to put the masonry blade back on the chop saw, and somehow, it didn’t seem that important – the stove was working just fine as it was.

Then one day, it occurred to me that it might be possible to remove the remaining half-piece of firebrick and simply replace it with a whole new piece – no cutting required. I removed the half piece, went out to the garage and got the new whole firebrick, and it slid right into place, covering the ash drawer opening.

That new piece of firebrick had sat on the shelf in the garage for two years because I put off going through the task of cutting it. All along, I could have simply removed the half-piece and put the new whole piece in place. I felt pretty foolish.

How about when it comes to your salvation? Have you been under the impression that it would involve a whole lot of work to ready yourself for an overhaul? You may think that your life is working quite well the way it is – even though there is a hole in your heart and soul that is empty.

Could it be that your salvation is a lot less complicated than you think? Somebody has already done the work of salvation, and you need only to repent of your sin and ask Christ to come and be your Savior.

Could it be that all the work of fitting and preparing has already been finished? 1 Peter 2:6 says, “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”

Salvation isn’t as complicated as you may think – just as replacing that firebrick wasn’t as complicated as I thought. Tell God that you are sorry for your sins, and trust Jesus as your Savior. As you read His Word and obey Him, He will do His work in you.