20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
George Lane was ecstatic. He had just witnessed the birth of his first child in Calgary, Alberta, and in his excitement, he celebrated the event for several days. He even invited all of his friends over to meet his wonder child.
But all good things must come to an end, and George's job soon called him back to reality. He was responsible for the cattle at the Bar U Ranch, a job he took very seriously. Nonetheless, it was with regret that he mounted his faithful horse, and leaving behind his beloved wife and newborn baby in their Calgary home, he headed back for the ranch.
He had reached the foothills of the Rocky Mountains by sundown, just in time to disturb a pack of six hungry wolves feasting on the carcass of a cow they had obviously killed. This wasn't the first time he had ridden upon such a scene, and George knew it wouldn't be the last, but what infuriated him was the fact that the wolves seemed to view domestic cattle as their own, personal prey.
Of course, this all made perfect sense to the wolf. In past years they had fed off of buffalo herds and left the domestic cattle alone. But now buffalo herds were gone, and being living, carnivorous creatures requiring sustenance, beef was their only option. Surely they had the right to feed themselves. Why was this white man getting so upset at them for eating?
George watched them for a brief moment before drawing his six-shooter. Then he charged his horse into the middle of the dinner party. Before he could shoot however, a huge, shaggy beast turned on him and his horse, attacking them viciously.
It was the first time such an encounter between white man and wolf had been recorded in history, and if it hadn't been for his six-shooter, George would have become the banquet's dessert. It's true that human flesh supposedly tastes like sweet pork, but who would like to be compared to a pig, no matter how sweet they may be?
Once reported, the attack was of significant concern to the people of Alberta, and especially to its legislature. With the wolves regularly raiding cattle ranches, they already had a monumental problem on their hands, one that didn't seem to have any simple solution. What if wolves were to now begin attacking humans as well? There were no ways to bring these nasty creatures to justice, no way to make a public warning out of them to other wolves, and if things didn't change, the public would start to turn their backs on the current body of elected politicians!
This imbalance of nature had been created by the government itself. In an attempt to subdue the Indians, the decision had been made during the 1870s to exterminate buffalo herds (See Look Out, Buffalo! White Man is Coming). But since the buffalo was also the primary food source of the wolf, the white man was now faced with the terrifying consequences. There seemed to only be one solution: To exterminate the wolf population as well!
This episode illustrates vividly how sin ravages our reasoning skills. The more we let sin entice us, the more selfish we become. And the more selfish we become, the more we make others miserable. James 1:14-15 tells us: "Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." (NIV)
The only way to really make a difference in this world is by letting ourselves be set free from the traps and deceptions of sin. This can only be done by the one who willingly died for our sins. Paul says that Jesus willingly became sin in order for us to be set free.
Freedom and eternity can be ours, if we accept Jesus' offer and welcome Him into our lives.
Dear Lord we pray that we would not get tied up with the sins of our life. We thank You for the sacrifice that You gave for each of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.