Our Response to God's Offer

Description

We can stubbornly refuse God’s offer, but if we do, we can never blame Him for our demise.

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. 
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18).
 
Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God;
unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 
That which is born of the flesh is flesh,
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 
The wind blows wherever it pleases, and we hear its sound,
but we cannot tell where it comes from, or where it is going. 
So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (John 3:3, 5-6, 8).

In 1938, a German merchant vessel was in the midst of a storm in the North Atlantic. The pressure of the sea was so great that the plates in the hull began to buckle, and within moments, the ship sank. Almost miraculously, one sailor stayed afloat by holding onto a cot mattress which had somehow not soaked through and was somewhat buoyant. Then from the south came a British cutter. The German sailor was spotted along with the wreckage of the sunken ship. The British ship “hove to,” even though this was a very dangerous thing to do in a storm. The German sailor rose and fell on the billowing waves.

A seaman on deck threw out a lifesaver. The big doughnut landed next to the German sailor, but the sailor looked up and saw the British flag and the British faces. He knew that these people represented the traditional enemy of Germany. He turned his back on the lifesaver and slowly the mattress that buoyed him up sank under the waves. The sailor was lost. 

When I read this account, I saw it as a parable of God’s offer of salvation. Jesus’ gift of deliverance from spiritual death is the lifesaver, and part of us instinctively resists taking hold of it because, without Christ, we are enemies of God (Romans 5:10).  Like the German sailor, we can stubbornly refuse God’s offer, but if we do, we can never blame Him for our demise. 

Please register for a free account to view this content

We hope you have enjoyed the 10 discipleship resources you have read in the last 30 days.
You have exceeded your 10 piece content limit.
Create a free account today to keep fueling your spiritual journey!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple

Related
The Spirit of Our Father
e3 Prayers
Profiles of Trouble
Dr. Ed Young
Running Away from God's Plan
Dr. Michael Youssef
Modern Family: Ministry Is Messy
Derwin L. Gray
3 Suggestions For When God Tries To Speak To you
Ron Edmondson
Follow Us

Want to access more exclusive iDisciple content?

Upgrade to a Giving Membership today!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple