by Jeff Strite

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Missed It By That Much (2 of 3)
Series: Get Smart
Jeff Strite
Romans 3:10-24

OPEN: Video of Maxwell Smart ending in "missed it by that much"

Back in the 60's the spies on TV and in the movies were heroes. Whether it was James Bond, Matt Helm, Napoleon Solo, or the cast from Mission Impossible - they were suave and resourceful, capable of escaping danger and death with skill and ingenuity.
They were almost superhuman in their abilities

And then along came Maxwell Smart.

Smart was always supremely confident in his own abilities. He always knew that his superior abilities and training would help him save mankind from Kaos.
But in reality was he was totally inept.
He was totally incapable of even the most basic spy techniques.
And he was always "missing something" by "that much."

Now, that was funny on a TV sitcom. But if that was how everything happened in real life, we could end up in some serious trouble.

ILLUS: Back in the 90's a California research firm considered the advertising slogan for a popular soap that was 99.4% pure. And they asked themselves the question: "What if everything in the world operated at 99% efficiency?" They discovered:
- drinking water would be unsafe one hour out of each month.
- two planes would crash land - each day - at Chicago's O'Hare airport.
- five hundred surgeries would be botched each week
- and 20,000 prescriptions would be improperly filled each year.

I wouldn't want to drink that water.
I wouldn't want to fly on those planes.
And I wouldn't want to have those pharmacists and surgeons anywhere near me or my family.

99% efficiency is NOT acceptable in these matters, because missing these things by just "that much" (just 1%) can many times be deadly.

And here in Romans 3, Paul is telling us that this can be true of salvation as well.

There's a lot of people believe out there that all they need to do to get into heaven is live a comparatively decent life. Now, they'll grant you that ...

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