The joy of hitting the ‘delete’ key
by Frank King
I think most email users can agree on this: oftentimes, there is no better button on our keyboard than ‘delete’.
“Earn your degree while you earn a living!” DELETE.
“Browse local Asian singles near you!” DELETE.
“Prepare for a job in law enforcement!” DELETE.
“Don’t pay your next cable bill without reading this!” DELETE.
As we go through this routine, it occurs to me that most of us probably wish we could whack a delete key on the wrong things we’ve done and the right things we’ve failed to do.
• I’d love to erase the hurtful things I’ve said to my wife.
• I wish I could delete those times I’ve cut off other drivers.
• I’d sure like to wipe out those negative thoughts I’ve had about my abilities.
• Wouldn’t it be great to erase that dumb thing I did at work last week?
For Christ-followers, the good news is God’s favourite button is also DELETE.
The mistakes I’ve made? Gone. Those times I neglected to help a co-worker? Wiped out. That relationship I damaged? Eliminated.
How about you? The contractor you paid under the table to avoid taxes? It could be gone. Those nasty things you said about your brother-in-law? They could be wiped out.
How do I know this? Well, Hebrews 9:28 tells us: “Jesus was offered as a sacrifice one time to take away the sins of many people.” One of those people is me. And it could be you or a non-Christian you know. For anyone accepting this sacrifice, Romans 8:1 says “There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
As a pastor friend, Adrian van Giessen, told people once, “When you belong to Jesus, then all the stuff that God can look at and say ‘you did this and you did that,’ he wipes it away and says, ‘I see you as I see Jesus’.”
I love having God see me just as He sees His son: perfect, without a single blemish. It empowers me to do better, to try to live up to how God sees me – even as I know that when I fall short, He hits the DELETE key, because, as Adrian puts it, I “belong to Jesus.”
If you know someone who needs to understand the basics of Christianity, tell them about the ‘delete’ key. It’s the best news on Earth!
All the views expressed by Frank King are his own and do not reflect on his role as manager of media relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan’s Purse Canada.