There is a tiny harbor town on the ocean shore where a lot of ships have crashed on the rocks in heavy storms. This town became well known because of the dedicated rescue team which aided mariners in distress. The rescue team would rally to the sound of the siren and rush to the scene of the accident, risking life and limb to save the sailors from drowning. As time went on, the citizens of that tiny town raised enough money to build a rescue station close to the shore. While this was a great benefit to the operation, it softened the dedicated team as well. As time went by, they added some of the comforts and conveniences that other rescue stations had. Through the years the rescue station became a social club, where the town's people gathered to have fun and relax. Ships would still crash upon the rocks; the alarm would still sound; but eventually no one responded. They were reluctant to leave their comforts, because their commitment to rescue the miserable mariners was no match for their complacency.
"O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away."
Let's make sure that our commitment will last. A commitment to never becoming so complacent that we fail to even show up at the rescue station, that's church Sunday morning, to be trained and equipped for the task. We, as christians, never want to become so soft and comfortable, that we fail to see those around us that are morally shipwrecked, and then fail to rush to them with help. Today and Saturday, would be a great time to share our faith in Jesus with that one that is in trouble and in real danger. And we know that includes all that are trying to live without the Savior.
"Rescue the perishing; Care for the dying;
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave.
Weep over the erring one; Lift up the fallen;
Tell them of Jesus, the Mighty to Save."
God bless you today, as you begin to invite some to church, and never, never forget that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!