Recently, I was swimming with my two youngest boys at a local pool. Earlier, I told my 10 year old that under no circumstance was his 4 year old brother to take off his life jacket. Side tracked by conversation with someone outside the pool, I turned around to see my 4 year old gasping for air, while bobbing up and down under water. Of course, his life jacket was off and he thought he could swim without the safety device. I dove over to save him and by God’s grace this struggle had just begun. Of course, like any parent my heart was pounding, it was a major wakeup call and it scared me half to death. Thank God this event had a happy ending.
This experience prompted something I must share. How many people do you pass by daily that are drowning? They are bobbing up and down, gasping for peace and hope. They hold on to things in life that can’t save them. They quietly cry out for someone like you and me to reach out and offer them hope. Yet, when they cry out, they find us pre-occupied in our own interests.
Do you not have time to listen to their story? Do you not care enough to say let me pray with you? Is it too much trouble for you to put down what you’re doing and help someone who is drowning? Yes, we all have stress, but we’ve not all found hope. Only those in Christ have the true anchor of hope, his name is Jesus.
(Hebrews 6:19) says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Listen, if you call yourself a believer in Jesus Christ you have something to share. You’ve been called by a God who loves them just as much as he loves you. Our job is to share the hope that we’ve found with those who have not. This hope is found in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This hope is the only thing that will keep someone from drowning and going to Hell.
Thank God someone reached out to you and me. Thank God someone took time out of their busy schedule to say, Jesus loves you, Jesus died for you and Jesus can give you hope. Each of us should see ourselves as life guards. Looking for anyone who might not be able to see beyond where they are. Looking for anyone young or old that is drowning in this life. Looking for anyone searching for eternal hope that by grace, through faith we are blessed to have found.
(Romans 10:14-15)(NLT) “How can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? …That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
This my friends is why Refuge Church exists. To love, lift, and lead people to Jesus. It’s a place you can find hope and its place you can be a part of sharing hope. Come As You Are Sundays 10:30a.m. at the Colleton Rec Center.