“The Lifeguard” ( Colossians 1: 13, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

I imagine a person rescued from drowning is entirely grateful to the lifeguard. Amidst total panic, the drowning individual is incapable of assisting the lifeguard. During the rescue, the lifeguard knows the total helplessness of the drowning person, although the person drowning does not. He flails, he pulls, he tries to drown the lifeguard — all in a mighty self-effort to survive.

Paul says to us, “[God] has rescued us from the domain of darkness.” Yes, Paul reminds — we are no longer drowning in deep darkness. “And [God has] transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” (Colossians 1:13)

In one mighty motion, God lifts us out of death and plants “us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.”

If we are not grateful, then we have failed to fully grasp how quickly drowning occurs, how much we fought the lifeguard, and how utterly lost we were.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. mtsweat says:

    Great words Carley. How often the priorities we set in life betray the professions we make before people. Truly grateful people prioritize the relationship, realizing it was all Him, without our efforts. Thanks and God bless.

    1. lambskinny says:

      Amen, Mtsweat. A drowning sinner can’t save himself, no matter how hard he tries. Only Jesus can save us. Thanks for your continued support — it means a lot to me. God bless.

  2. Joe Quatrone says:

    Excellent illustration of our salvation through faith in Christ! Thanks, Carley.

    1. lambskinny says:

      You’re welcome, Joe. Thanks for your readership! God bless.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Debbie. Glad you like my note. God bless.

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