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Safety Is In the Boat – In Fishing and Salvation!

Ross Chapman was fishing off the coast of Australia. He had just caught a 450lb marlin, tagged it, and released it. As he was releasing the marlin, he knocked his GoPro camera overboard, reached out to grab it, and fell into the ocean. His boat, still in gear from boating the marlin, drifted away faster than he could catch it.

Chapman spent 6 hours in the water. Thankfully, other fisherman saw his boat drifting, rallied others to the search, and found him in the open ocean. Had they not found him, he would have remained in waters known to have jellyfish, sharks, and orcas.

Now, as anyone who has boated much knows, bad stuff can happen on the water. A couple of lessons are clear: 1) don’t fish alone, and 2) don’t reach overboard for your camera if your boat is in gear! Still, I can’t imagine the horrible feeling of watching my boat motor away into the open ocean.

It is almost too obvious to say, but “safety is found in the boat.”

In many ways, salvation is likened to a boat in the Bible. Of course, the oldest lesson came in the days of Noah (Genesis 7:23, 1 Peter 3:20). Getting in, and staying in, the ark saved eight souls. In the New Testament, Paul warned that abandoning the ship would cause death (Acts 27:31).

When teaching salvation, most people concentrate on the “getting in” part. They concentrate on belief, or perhaps repentance, confession, or even baptism. And, of course, the “getting in” is essential. But some forget to teach the equal importance of “staying in” Christ!

The New Testament consistently teaches: salvation is for those who stay in Christ. Getting in is just the beginning. We must be wary against falling from grace (Galatians 5:4), abandoning the faith (1 Timothy 4:1, 6:21, 2 Timothy 2:18), or shipwrecking our salvation (1 Timothy 1:19).

Get in Christ, remain in Christ, and arrive safely at your eternal destination – heaven. And be careful what you reach out for in this world…it might just cause you to fall out of the boat!

A Heart To Make Things Right

Alex Collins, HuntingThe Chester County Sheriff’s department runs a program to take kids hunting and fishing as a reward for good behavior. The program is meant to keep kids out of trouble by getting them interested in the outdoors. When 9-year-old, Alex Collins, learned on Facebook about a contest to get selected for the program, he was ecstatic…he had never been hunting, he had no one to take him, and he desperately wanted to go.

So Alex wrote a letter asking to be chosen, and his mother went to the sheriff’s office to deliver it. But when she arrived, the Sheriff’s office said there wasn’t a contest. The problem? It was the wrong Chester County Sheriff’s department! You see, the information Alex had seen on Facebook was for Chester County, South Carolina, not Pennsylvania where Alex lives. Alex was heartbroken!

It turns out, though, that the two Chester County Sheriffs are friends who met at a conference last year. They got on the phone, and made Alex’s dream come true. Donations poured in from all over the country, the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Department chipped in to get Alex to SC, and the South Carolina Sheriff’s department chipped in to get him his gear and take him hunting. And, as of yesterday, the news reports that Alex is having a great time!

Chester County SheriffsNow, there is no confusing the two Sheriffs on the outside. One is a self-described, short, white, female,   “Yankee,” while the other is a tall, black, male, Southerner! But on the inside, they both had a heart to make things right for Alex. So a heartbreaking misunderstanding turned into an “Awesome” day!

Usually misunderstandings don’t work out very well. People misread signs and instructions every day. Consequences range from minor inconvenience to major damage. And sometimes misunderstandings lead to spiritual destruction.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam & Eve were harmed by mistaking bad advice for good. In Jeremiah 23, many people misread the signs and thought peace was coming, an error which led to their destruction. In Mark 12:24, Jesus told the Sadducees that they were in grave error about the resurrection because they had misread scripture.

Thankfully, for those who hear His voice today, there is still time. God made arrangements to overcome all our bad decisions and misunderstandings of the past if we will just accept the gospel of Christ today. He has paid for our trip to Heaven with the blood of Jesus because He has a heart to make things right. There is so much misleading information out there; don’t be fooled! Look to the Word of God today!

“…we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).