The water swirled around my body like a whirlpool, my senses were paralyzed as I stood pinned to the tree root. Darkness surrounded us as the boat and the gigging lights disappeared so quickly, we were left with only the glow of the lunar halo surrounding the moon. That January night seems so long ago now, but I think back to the accident on Current River, and how God reached down and pulled me and my family out of the dark waters.
As I was thinking about that night, I wondered how many other times in life He has graciously pulled me out of the darkness. We are by nature sinful people and therefore we tend to do sinful things. Galatians 5:19-21 says, “ Now the works of the flesh are obvious:sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I am warning you about these things—as I warned you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Now I know that’s a pretty heavy list that Paul mentions here and I understand that you probably don’t fit into that category in most areas, but you fit in somewhere. There are so many areas that idolatry alone covers – money, success, sex, family, need I go on? What about selfish ambition? Maybe jealousy hits home for you. I’m not trying to point out all your flaws or mine for that matter, I just want to point out the fact that we are all in need of a Savior. We all need rescued.
When God graciously sent his son to die on a cross for us, it wasn’t so we would continue to live in darkness/sin. He sent his Son so that we could have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). There is something miraculous that happens when we surrender our lives to Christ. In my 13 years as a Christ follower, I have made plenty of mistakes and lived in my fair share of sin, but the more I begin to surrender, the less sin is a struggle in my life. I will never be free of sin in this life, but I will definitely strive for it.
While verses 19-21 talk about living by the flesh, Galatians 5:22-24 goes on the tell what living by the Spirit looks like. It reads “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
We needed to be rescued and God made a way through Jesus Christ. No longer do we have to live in darkness but we have been called into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). Romans 10:13 says “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. Call out to Him and let him rescue you, let him make you a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We no longer have to live in sin and by the flesh, we’ve been given the Spirit of God to reside inside of us.
He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. Psalms 18:16