A Tale of Two Swedes
Posted: Thursday, July 16
1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32
Verse of the day:
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (Romans 3:22)
In 1917, Jack Pearson was married in Sweeden and took his new bride across the Atlantic to honeymoon in America. Opportunity appeared, so he decided to settle in Wyoming and never return home. As the years passed, life became harder than Jack could handle. Jack and his wife lost their firstborn son at age 3. Jack’s drinking increased, and the cold sting of anger and emotional abuse began to define Jack’s existence.
Jack’s daughter, Eleanor, was born in 1923. As a young child, Eleanor and her mother attended tent revival services in a neighboring town. Eleanor chose to put her faith in Christ, and that single decision redefined her future. Eleanor traveled to Bible school, married a young preacher, and spent 60 years ministering through local churches in Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Arizona.
Jack and Eleanor had very different lives. Jack was a functional alcoholic for years. Eleanor raised three children and served as a church organist for half of a century. (And . . . as one of Eleanor’s 10 grandchildren, I can unbiasedly tell you that Eleanor was one of the kindest, most gracious humans this world has ever known!)
Here’s how Jack and Eleanor were the same. They both were sinners. They both were undeserving of God’s favor. The following verse in Romans makes this clear, “We all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
There’s one other thing that makes Jack and Eleanor the same; in the last years of his life, Jack repented of his sins. Jack placed his faith in Jesus Christ, and today, his soul lives on in heaven somewhere across the street from his daughter, Eleanor.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about equality, and I think the book of Romans describes it best: EVERYONE is a sinner, and ANYONE who places their faith in Jesus Christ will be saved. Jack and Eleanor have more in common than you might think . . .