When I first moved to the Hampton Roads Virginia area I didn’t know the ‘rules of the road’ and nobody bothered to tell me. I had to learn the hard way. Even though I had visited the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on three separate occasions before I was able to transfer my license from Wisconsin to Virginia, I didn’t have a clue about one little critical detail.
Then one day it happened. I saw the siren of a police car behind me and a policeman beckoning me to pull over. He told me that I didn’t have an inspection sticker on my windshield and this little detail that nobody bothered to tell me about cost me $90.
I had transferred my license plates and my driver’s license but nobody thought to tell me to get my car inspected or that a sticker was required. (Inspection stickers are not required in Wisconsin). And, with all the signage in the DMV, there was no information posted regarding mandatory inspection stickers so I had to pay the consequences for my ignorance.
As Christians, we also have ‘rules of the road’ that we are to abide by—it’s called the Bible. How many opportunities have we passed up to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with friends, neighbors or co-workers? We assume they know. Sometimes they even visit churches, so we assume they have a relationship with Jesus Christ. If they don’t know, we let them suffer the consequences—eternal death. Too often we assume that everyone knows about salvation and we leave it up to them to find out what they need to know. Unfortunately, sometimes people don’t know what they don’t know.
Share the rules of the road with others. Don’t let them find out the hard way, or live (or die) in ignorance. Don’t make them pay a penalty that far exceeds a $90 ticket. Take time to share the ‘rules of the road with them.’