What if someone died in your place? By all accounts, you should have died, but someone else died instead. Would you live your life differently? Would you begin to live your life with purpose? Would you stop living for yourself?
On September 11, 2001, Pilot Steve Scheibner was packed and ready to fly out of Boston on American Airlines Flight 11 to Los Angeles. But at the last minute, another pilot, First Officer Thomas McGuinness, was assigned the flight instead.
Imagine the emotional impact on Scheibner when he realized that the plane he should have been flying, had just flown into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Had God spared his life?
The Bible says our lives are not our own. Consider these Scriptures.
“Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;
it is not for them to direct their steps.” Jeremiah 10:23,
“But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands…” Psalm 31:14 & 15
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
If you ever survived something that you know you shouldn’t have survived, you may feel the same way as Steve Scheibner. You may understand that you are here because God has more for you to do.
There were other passengers who missed flight 11 that day. Some changed their plans at the last minute. Others just didn’t get to the airport in time. Were they forever changed? Did they find their purpose?
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
When we stand before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, may we hear these coveted words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:23
Jesus taught the Scribes and Pharisees at length, but they were so tightly bound to their own selfish will that they refused the truth. Read the passage below. The reaction of the Pharisees is chilling!
What is required to be a “good and faithful servant”? It is a heart that is surrendered to God’s will and to Truth.
This is Steve Scheibner’s testimony:
This is My Journey Unscripted.
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