Proverbs 14:16 (GW) 16 A wise person is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is careless and overconfident.
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we pray these words, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Here we call sin trespassing. The Bible has many words that describe sin. Trespassing is one of those words. To trespass means to go into an area where we don’t belong. I like to think of it as a line of sin drawn in the sand. As long as you stay on this side of the line, you are fine. But the moment you cross the line of sin, you have trespassed; you have sinned.
Proverbs 14:16 tells us that a wise person stays as far away from the line in the sand as he can. But a fool plays as near to the line as he can. The result: a wise person keeps from trespassing, but a fool finds himself on the wrong side of the line.
Last week was our Day Camp program at Camp Lutherhaven. We partner with the camp to hold this program. High School youth from all over come to camp for this servant event. We bus up 50+ Burmese children to partner up with the youth. The youth act as their buddies for the week. The youth take them all over camp. They give these children a camp experience except for the overnight stay. These teenagers also show the love of Jesus to these Burmese children, most of whom do not come from a Christian home.
The very first day we arrived we started to buddy up the high school youth and the children we brought. We told all the children to stay together. We told them to get to know their buddies by playing with them as we waited for the last van to arrive. Suddenly I heard one of the teenage buddies calling after his Burmese buddy. This Burmese boy was running up the hill, ignoring his buddy. The buddy ran after him. I also ran up the hill. I caught up with them just as the buddy told this Burmese boy, “You need to stay with the group, ok?” However, the Burmese boy was determined to head off on his own. He was pulling against the buddy’s arm trying to get away.
I stepped in and said, “I have a car here that can take you home if you don’t obey the rules.” He looked at me, then looked at his buddy. “That’s right,” said the buddy. The boy took his buddy’s hand and walked back to the group. He had crossed the line. He was trespassing. But his buddy brought him back.
I am happy to report that he didn’t get sent home. His buddy was able to be with him the whole week. His buddy brought him back away from the line many times that week.
Jesus is like that buddy. Jesus sees us dancing by the line of sin in the sand. He calls us to move away from the line. When we dance over the line, He comes to find us and to bring us back to where it is safe. He also pays the ultimate price for our trespassing. A fool tries to break free of His nail scarred hand and run away. But a wise person holds His hand tightly and walks away without looking back at the line in the sand.