Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Don't Jump Just Yet!

"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." 1 Cor. 1:10

I've got several friends who are in the United States Navy, and they all have a varying degree of service under their belt. Some have been in for over 10 years, others have been in for two or so. I'm proud to call them all my friends, and even prouder of the service they provide to our country. It's pretty interesting to talk to these guys when they get back from a sea deployment, because you get to hear all the amazing stories they have. One buddy of mine is a navy rescue swimmer, who has helped capture Somali pirates, and two others have been named sailer of the quarter multiple times over for their heroic actions in the line of duty.

Even with all the stories these guys have, the one that I've yet to hear is the one about the big green pasture out in the middle of the ocean. That's probably because it doesn't exist. What surprises me though, is the number of stories you can hear about boats sinking in the middle of nowhere, far from help.

When your boat starts sinking, you only have two options; start baling water, or start baling overboard. Those are your only two options. The one option you don't have is the option of heading for greener pastures. That's because in the middle of the ocean, they don't exist. If you choose the first option, your chances of surviving is much better. If you and your other boat mates all work together, your chances of survival increase dramatically. Bale water faster, while the rowers row harder- that's the key to success.

One thing you don't do is jump overboard at the first sight of a leak. The first thing you try to do is plug it. Repair your ship! If it continues to flood, then you bale the water. Abandoning ship is the unthinkable. This is because you know that if you go overboard, that puts you out by yourself against the elements-against the world.

Our faith is no different. If there's a problem, we identify it and fix it together. What you don't do is jump overboard at the first sign of trouble. That's because your spiritual security is far better off when your inside, with those who have an interest in your safety. When you're inside the boat, you're out of the elements of the storm. Our church is the tools we use to patch holes and stop leaks. If you start sinking, lets work together. You bale, and I'll row. Together, we'll reach safety once again. We know that if we keep God as our compass, we'll surely reach the safety of the shore.

Christ gave us a perfect church, in which he serves as the head. It is the only truly unsinkable ship. Is your faith rocking? Are you beginning to see leaks in your resolve? Is it time to start baling and rowing? If so, let's work to get to safety together.

1 comment:

  1. Great thoughts, brother. Keep up the good work!