About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Need Of Rescuing
was normally the case, my family spent the first week of July at the
of us kids had loads of fun in that creek.
One day four of us were playing on a raft built for two.
That was no problem to my friends because they could swim, but
for me, that became a problem. I
the raft slowly sunk, I soon slipped into water that was well over my
head. While swallowing
water, my arms and legs were frantically flying around like a blind mad
man who had just stuck his nose into a hornet's nest.
My friend Ross dove down into the water to rescue me from
drowning, but because of my frantic behaviour, I almost drowned him.
Ross had no prior training to know how to save a crazed guy from
drowning, however, the life guard did have such training.
coming to my senses on shore, I was weak, exhausted, but very thankful
to be breathing air instead of swallowing water. As
I lay on the ground gazing up into the blue sky, I promised myself that
my dad would never know what had just happened.
If he ever found out, that would end my association with that
creek. My only exposure to
water deeper than a couple inches would be our bath tub at home, and
that was no fun.
since the Tower
apostle Peter understood this Biblical truth.
In Acts 2:40 he "warns and pleads" with people by
saying, "save yourself from this corrupt generation".
The apostle Paul, in Galatians 1:4, told his readers to
"rescue themselves from this present evil age".
The apostle John, in 1 John 2:15 said, "do not love the
world or anything in the world. If
anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For everything in the world -
the cravings of sinful man, the lusts of his eyes and the boasting of
what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the
world". All three of
these men of God viewed the world, the generation in which they lived,
as being corrupt and something to be rescued from. As
I needed to be rescued from drowning in the creek, so we need to be
rescued from drowning in the world's systems.
Bible has a lot to say about how God's people should relate to a sinful
world. Old Testament
today have the same temptation. We
see what the world has to offer, and it's hard to resist.
what does this mean to you and I? Should
we quit our jobs, sell our homes, pool our finances, buy a thousand
acres in the middle of nowhere, and hide from a horrible world?
Clearly, that's not the answer.
Jesus told us to do the opposite.
In a similar evil age, He told His disciples to "go into all
the world". As we go,
we preach the gospel, we live the gospel, and we don't allow the world
to influence us in the process. We
make our presence felt in the world as representatives of the Lord Jesus
not suggesting that there hasn't been times, or possibly yet will be
times, for some to sell their homes and buy that property in the
country. When the tipping
point of sin in a nation is reached, and God judges that nation, He
might well call some to a different lifestyle.
That being said, the general rule of thumb is to go and rescue
people from an evil world.
as well as church groups, are to be inherently distinct from the rest of
the world. It should be
evident to all that we are those who belong to Jesus.
This isn't a matter of adherence to man centered religious
legalism. It's a matter of
how we think, how we live, who influence us, who we imitate, who we give
ourselves to, who is the love of our lives, and who we serve.
As the Bob Dylan song put it in the late 1970's;
"you've got to serve someone. It
might be the devil. It might
be the Lord, but you've got to serve someone".
It's our choice.
we work all this out is up to you and the Lord, but it does need to be
worked out in light of the screams I'm hearing from the pages of the
Bible. The more we
understand the Word of the Lord, the less of a hold the world will have
on us. Instead of being
a mirror image of the world, we'll be a mirror image of Jesus, as we
were meant to be. Only then
can we go into all the world and be the witness we were meant to be.