1-24-2016

Scriptural Truth – A Gilligan’s Island Lesson

My family and I like watching the old TV shows. I watched an episode of Gilligan’s Island and it made me think of how similar their situation was in comparison to so many today. What began as a cruise on a boat just enjoying the fresh ocean air and wind in their face quickly turned for the worse. As the crew and guests made their way further out to sea a storm formed tossing the SS Minnow around until finally capsizing the vessel and tossing the crew and guests into the ocean. They made their way to an island and gathered all they could of the remains which washed ashore. They tried for a long time to figure out how to get off the island and back home. One day their rescue came and they were at last reunited with those back home. We find ourselves often times “shipwrecked and stranded in life” hoping to be rescued. There are those who are rescued but their rescue did not come by accident. Their rescue, much like those on Gilligan’s Island, lies within themselves. A quote I read probably best depicts this situation as it states, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.” When we give up we become more stranded than before because no efforts are made to being rescued. Each day which passes and no rescue arrives is often times our own fault because we have decided to give up and stop believing. For those wanting to be rescued from this life and go home to heaven one day efforts of being rescued must not cease (Rev.2:10). Getting home can’t be hindered by past mistakes nor storms of life, in other words…don’t give up. Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Salvation, our rescue, is in Christ but it requires us to never give up but to daily take up our cross and follow Him. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook.

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