Living close to Louisville Kentucky makes life interesting around the first Saturday in May. The racetrack, Churchill Downs is open and so are festivities in preparation for the Kentucky Derby. It is a two minute horse race. There are fireworks, hot air balloons, a steamboat race, parade, style shoes, vendor booths at a “Chow Wagon”, Thurby (the Thursday before), Oaks Day (the day before), and more than I even know.
On Oaks Day there is a Survivors Parade around the racetrack of Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors. That is touching to see. A sea of pink with beautiful hats and smiling faces. On the local news everything is Oaks and Derby. They discuss the horses and if one looks like a favorite, sometimes going as far as saying it is a sure bet the horse will either win, place, or show.
Do you go to the horse races and bet on horses? Some people study racing forms like a student before finals. Others use the color method of choosing the prettiest silks or their favorite color. Even the way a horse looks and acts play a part in betting.
Names came play a large part in it as can the jockey riding the thoroughbred. Even asking people that work there or “know someone” for a tip is another way of deciding how to place a bet.
After placing a bet, it is off to watch the race. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? It is only if you win or haven’t bet. If you have gambled some of your hard earned money on the horse you might not be smiling if it comes sashaying across the finish line. Sometimes a horse wins by a wide margin while other times you aren’t sure if it’s still on the same track.
On television there are pictures of many clinched fists, gritted teeth, and frowns among a few smiling faces. None of the ways people use provide a sure bet or 100% winner every time. History shows very few people bring home the big buck instead leaving some of their own instead.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a 100% guaranteed sure bet on something? It would wouldn’t it? Everyone loves to get something they didn’t earn. Don’t you? Come on now, we all do. Well, I have some great news for you today.
Yes, I do. I have a sure bet. You do not need to invest any money and you will receive the greatest treasure.
Do you have any idea where this is going. Jesus. He is a sure bet. You can bet your eternity on Him and win every time. Do you know where you will spend eternity? Are you certain? Jesus wants you and me to spend it with Him. He loves us fiercely and died to prove it. I can almost see heads nodding. That love is beyond imagination. He carries us when we are too weak. If we are lonely He reminds us that He is always there. He gives us what we need when we need it. He is our way to the Father. Do you know Him? If not, don’t wait because it is a sure bet He already loves you.