Help! I’m stuck and I can’t get out


Pastor Thad Gifford - Contributing Columnist



Wednesday must have been the day when most everyone in Madison County decided to mow their yards. I was one of those who decided to take advantage of a day without rain to mow my yard too. I mean, we’ve had so much rain lately I think there are “webs” growing between my toes. Well, after I mowed my yard, I decided to go ahead and mow the yard in front of where our new Worship Center is being built. It was almost tall enough to bail, and I knew I needed to get it mowed before the next round of rain moved in. After about two hours of mowing, I had just a little section left to do and I would be done. However, I didn’t know that that section was probably the most wet and soggy portion of the whole field. I found out really soon that it was. The tractor literally just sat down in the mud and would not go forwards or backwards. There I was stuck in about six inches of mud, mower blade spinning and throwing mud all over the place. And wouldn’t you know it Tim — a friend of mine — just happened to be driving by and saw his pastor sitting on a lawn tractor, stuck in about six inches of mud, and mud being slung all over the place.

He did offer to help, but I told him I would just drive home, get a cable and come back and pull the lawn tractor out of the mud with my Jeep. I thanked him for stopping and he left. (Why is it that there is always someone around when we mess up? Isn’t that just the way it is?) I finally got the tractor pulled out of the mud, cleaned it off a little and loaded it up and went to the car wash to clean it up before going home.

As I was spraying it off, I thought about all the times in life that we get “stuck.” We get “stuck” in a bad habit. We get “stuck” in a bad relationship. We can get “stuck” in sin. We know that God doesn’t approve of what we are doing but we continue doing it anyway. We can get “stuck in a rut.” Someone has said that a rut in just a grave with both ends knocked out. I think that is true. Getting “stuck” in life can have more drastic results than getting stuck in the mud or stuck in the snow.

Getting stuck in life can be a permanent thing — it can last our entire life. It can change the way our life turns out. It can even change our eternity. Think about this … if we get stuck in believing something about eternal life that is not taught in the Bible, we could wind up missing Heaven for all eternity. Can you imagine spending your eternity in hell, just because you were taught to believe something different than what the Bible actually teaches?

One survey tells us that 72 percent of America’s population believes that by living a “good life” they will be rewarded by being able to spend their eternity in Heaven? The Bible says nothing about being good or living a good life and being rewarded with Heaven. Absolutely nothing. It does teach that Heaven is a free gift — bought and paid for by Jesus death on the cross and we must accept it for ourselves just like we would accept a gift that was given to us. If we fail to do that we will not spend our eternity in Heaven. Some of you will read this and still believe that your good life, or your church membership or the fact that you were baptized or something else is going to allow you to spend your eternity in Heaven. And you know what? You are “stuck” in a belief that will cause you to split the gates of hell wide open.

I didn’t pull any punches here. I never will. One day I will have to stand before God and give an account of what I wrote in these articles. I have written the truth in each and every article. The question for you is this. What have you done with it? Don’t be “stuck” without hope a day longer. Ask Jesus to save you from your sins and receive the free gift of eternal life. If we ask Him, He will save us.

And that is Something to Think About for this week.

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Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.