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The High Cost Of Justice

Mercy Justice Good Works

Source: “Man spends $100,000 fighting a $250 speeding ticket,” by Belinda Grant Geary For Daily Mail Australia, February 25, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-12

Scripture: Titus 3:5 ; Matthew 9:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Belinda Geary For The Daily Mail Australia, writes:

A man who has been to five different courts and racked up a $100,000 legal bill over a $250 speeding fine said that after a four year battle he still won't rest until 'justice' is served.

Mustafa Al Shakarji, from Townsville, Queensland was pulled over and fined $250 for speeding in March 2012 after a police radar allegedly detected him doing 28 kilometres over the speed limit. 

But the pharmacist, who immigrated to Australia from Iraq in 2002, insists that he was not speeding and is determined to continue to fight until the courts give him justice.

Now, after going through five different courts and losing a final appeal the determined driver said he will be the first person to take a speeding fine all the way to Australia's High Court. 

APPLICATION

Everyone one of us is counting on one of two things when we face our Maker. We will either be seeking justice or mercy. Those who insist on justice will receive God's justice, which requires a just punishment for every transgression. However, those who repent and seek mercy will receive God's mercy, which promises all the joys and rewards of heaven.

What most people want, what they insist on as a matter of principle, is justice. And just like Mr. Shakarii, they are determined to take their case all the way to the highest court to get it. If you are one of those who insist on justice, be forewarned. It will be far more costly than you imagined.

"He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:5).

"But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Matthew 9:13).

Stop Feeding The Rats

Reward Repentance Good Works

Source: "Legendary drug lord Pablo Escobar lost $2.1 billion in cash each year — and it didn't matter" by Amanda Macias, published BUSINESS INSIDER, Sep. 10, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-15

Scripture: Matthew 6:19

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At the peak of his power, the “king of cocaine,” Pablo Escobar, supplied 80% of the world’s cocaine, smuggling it into the US at an astounding rate of 15 tons per day. This translated into $420 million in revenue a week, making Escobar the wealthiest drug lord in history.

Escobar made so much money he didn’t know where to put it all, so he heaped huge piles of it in open fields, in old warehouses, and even in the walls of cartel member’s homes. Escobar’s brother and accountant claimed that the cartel spent $2,500 a month just on rubber bands used to stack and organize the money.

In a 2009 interview, Escobar’s only son, Juan, claimed that his father actually torched $2 million just to keep the family warm while they were on the run. Juan wrote, “Pablo was earning so much that each year we would write off 10% because it had been eaten by rats …  or lost.” That 10% added up to a cool $2.1 billion. That’s over 2 billion a year eaten by rats!

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APPLICATION

What is hard for many to understand is how someone can be in one of the world’s most dangerous businesses, have entire government agencies hunting them down, possess so much money they’re feeding it to the rats to a tune of 2.1 billion dollars a year, and not just quit! Why would anyone keep going? When is enough, enough? Why would anyone cling to this lifestyle?

The Bible tells us the wages of sin is death—sounds pretty dangerous! It also tells us that God is not mocked, and will most certainly bring us to justice—sounds pretty hopeless.  So why not quit? Why do so many keep going? Why isn’t enough, enough?  Why would anyone cling to this lifestyle?

Stop running from God! Stop hiding! Repent of your sinful lifestyle!

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19-20).

Stop feeding the rats!

Don't Do More, Do Better

Good Works Faithfulness Ministry

Source: MAKING TODAY COUNT FOR ETERNITY by Kent Crockett, p. 146

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-27

Scripture: Colossians 3:23

Author: Kent Crockett
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A story is told of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s drive for excellence:

[Kissinger] once asked his assistant to prepare a report form The assistant worked on it day and night. Finally he completed the task and gave it to his boss. An hour later, Kissinger sent it back with a note attached saying, “Do it again.”

The assistant stayed up all night redoing the report and in the morning turned it in to Kissinger.

One hour later, Kissinger again returned the report, and again his note read, “Do it again.”

After rewriting the report a third time, the assistant delivered it to Kissinger personally and said, “Sir, I’ve done the very best I can do.”

Kissinger replied, “In that case, I’ll read it now.”

APPLICATION

“Most of us,” says Kent Crockett, “don’t need to look for more things to do for God. We just need to do a better job with what God has already assigned to us.”

[Kent Crockett is the author of The 911 Handbook, Making Today Count for Eternity, and I Once Was Blind but Now I Squint, and has been published in a number of Christian magazines.]

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23).

"I Should Go To Heaven"

Good Works Salvation Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-27

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Sophia Loren, actress
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Handcrafted By God To Be A Useful Tool

Good Works Spiritual Gifts Object Lessons

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-02

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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What Could Go Wrong

Salvation Good Works Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Keith Jones | Date Posted: 2014-06-20

Scripture: Romans 3:23 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21

Author: Keith Jones
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The Karma Rule of Time

Karma Good Works Respect

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-11

Scripture: Matthew 7:12 ; Luke 6:31

Author: Unknown / Illustration Exchange
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Obedience vs. Performance

Obedience Good Works Motivation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-24

Scripture: Galatians 3:3

Author: Susan Maycinik
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The Great Mistake of Doing Nothing

Good Works Faithfulness Devotional Thoughts

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-30

Author: Edmund Burke
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Three Wonders In Heaven

Heaven Grace Good Works

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-01-31

Author: John Newton
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