Rescue Me

Guest post: Vikki Luce for Pastor Dave while he attends to his mom, Bev Jensen, who is recovering from hip surgery on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

We like stories of spectacular rescues.  The recent film Big Miracle, starring Drew Barrymore was based on the true story of the rescue of a family of grey whales.   The whole world it seemed, was watching when the Chilean miners were rescued.  After the tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, first responders head out to see who they might save.  We love to hear the stories of the children rescued from La Chureca, the dump in Managua to the safe house miles away in the hills.  We like a happy ending.

Don’t we all yearn to be saved?  Here’s an oldie that describes perfectly our desire to be saved:

But guess what?  While we wait for someone or something to save us, we miss the point.  We already are saved.  “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17.  But will we let God save us?

Some rescues are costly.  Think of the expense required to save the avalanche victim, the lost hiker or the snowmobiler who took a wrong turn.  I think sometimes we believe that  the cost of allowing God to save us is too much.   We think God wants something from us in return for saving us.  Or, we’re pretty sure we can’t live up to who God dreams we can be.

Silly us.  Jesus came to let us know how much God loves us.  It’s not anything about what we do or don’t do. It’s what God has done, is doing and will do.  We’ve been rescued and all we have to do is to accept it and live free in God’s mercy, grace and love.

Jesus, thank you for rescuing us.  Thank you for rescuing the whole world.  Help us to let go and let you lead our lives.  Amen.

God bless you,

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