Recently, we have seen a string of recalls in the news. Most notably, General Motors has been plagued by dangerous ignition switches and airbag issues causing over $300 million in the first quarter of this year alone. That number doesn’t even account for pending lawsuits and the damage to GM’s reputation.
Thankfully, no known loss of life has occurred yet due to these faulty parts. But GM is moving swiftly because they know the potential danger. Unfortunately, the longer drivers stay on the road with these problems, the greater the risk of injury and loss of life.
Did you know that there is a recall in the Bible too? And the consequences are worse than injury and loss of life…eternity is on the line.
God’s recall isn’t due to defective parts in the manufacturing process. In fact, what God made in mankind, He called “very good” (Genesis 1:31). But God also installed an option in every model of human being; we call it “choice.” And due to faulty use (Romans 1:20-23) by every person who has the ability to choose right from wrong (Romans 3:23), God had to offer a universal recall to fix a problem every model shares – sin.
People generally respond to recalls in one of three ways: 1) ignoring the recall altogether; 2) procrastinate until it is too late, or 3) rush to get the new part. In the Bible, those who do not listen to the recall or ignore its consequences will be lost (2 Thessalonians 1:8); those who procrastinate often delay too long (Acts 24:25); but those who respond and follow the plan can begin their new journey in a vehicle to a place where recalls will be a thing of the past (Revelation 21:4).
The word “recall” (re·call) has two primary meanings: 1) officially order a return to a place; 2) bring something back into one’s mind. God is calling and recalling each of us today to remember our Creator and to go back to the manufacturer to fix our sin problem. Will you be healed by the gospel of Jesus? Or will you procrastinate? Ignore the recall? Or heed the call today?