Going The Wrong Way

Wednesday – December 15, 2021


“I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” – Luke 13:5

On October 25, 1964, playing in San Francisco, the Minnesota Vikings led 27-17 in the fourth quarter. The game seemed in the bag – especially when the San Francisco fumbled the ball in their own territory and Jim Marshall, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound Vikings defensive end, recovered it. Marshall started off running and running...all by his lonesome – toward the wrong end zone. Everyone knew what was going on except Marshall, who had got turned around. A disbelieving play-by-play announcer exclaimed that Marshall “is running the wrong way; thinks he’s scored a touchdown.” Upon arriving in his end zone in solitude, a pleased Marshall tossed the ball in nonchalant celebration. The referees awarded San Francisco two points, for a safety. A San Francisco player rushed up, patted Marshall on the arm and said, “Thanks, Jim.” Very fortunately for Marshall, the Vikings held on in that game 27-22 – and Marshall had a successful 20-year career. But he will always be remembered for going the wrong way and scoring a safety for the opponent.

Have you taken a wrong road in your walk with Jesus? Today in prayer, turn away from any sin in your life and seek to follow Jesus in all that you do.

“Repentance is not a popular word these days, but I believe that any of us recognize it when it strikes us in the gut. Repentance is coming to our senses, seeing, suddenly, what we've done that we might not have done, or recognizing ... that the problem is not in what we do but in what we become.” – Kathleen Norris

God’s Word: “From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.’” – Matthew 4:17