There are a lot of parable trying to explain how salvation works to someone unchurched, but as I woke up this morning it hit me.
The Salvation offered by God is like a solo version of Musical chairs.
Picture a game of Musical chairs with a single player, a single chair representing a state of grace. How do you win? Be sitting in the chair when the music stops.
It sounds really simple but there is a catch, in fact there are several.
First: There are carrots being offered, physical, monetary and psychological for leaving the chair.
Second: There are sticks being used, threats, intimidation and ridicule to get you to leave that chair
Third: The chair isn’t always comfortable, in fact there are times when it’s downright painful.
And finally there are those reminding you that it’s OK to get out of the chair because you can always sit right back down.
All of these things are constantly bombarding you very loudly, and to counter is only a small voice offering nothing except a reward if you are sitting on the chair when the music stops.
There are going to be those who will sit at that chair and stay there no matter what.
There are going to be those will not sit in that chair no matter what
There are going to be others that stay away from the chair until the very last-minute.
But most of us spend our time sitting down, getting up, and sitting down again, up and down, up and down because that’s simply human nature.
The only thing we know for sure is the music will eventually stop, maybe in one week, maybe in 1 year, maybe in 100 years but if you are the chair when your time comes you win, it doesn’t matter if you sat down one second before the music stopped if you are there you’ve won.
And if you are out of the chair when the music stop, you lose, it doesn’t matter if you’ve spent your entire life in the chair, if you are standing when the music stops, you lose.
That’s really what it comes down to, it’s just that easy, and just that hard: