1 Corinthians 15:3-4,
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,"
Have you ever found yourself in a position that could only be helped if someone else was willing to put themselves on the line? Right now, we're seeing story after story of rescue situations in the Houston area. People are stepping up and risking their own lives to save others who have been devastated by the recent floods. But every one of those images of rescue is more than a depiction of what is happening to the flood victims. Each is a picture of the position we are all in when it comes to our relationship with God. The fact is, we are all helpless and hopeless because we have all flooded our own lives with sin, and that sin has caused a separation between us and God. Our broken hearts have broken the heart of God. Yet, the great news is, we have a God who has done the work to replace our broken heart and rescue us. He is not only able to save us, He is willing! Have you been rescued by God? If not, don't let the flood waters rise any higher in your life. Turn to Him now and accept His work of rescue. If you have been rescued, take a cue from the Apostle Paul and pass that message "of first importance" on to others. Remember that there are people all around you who are desperately searching for help. Step up and show them where that help can come from!
Make a list of three people in your neighborhood, gym, or office that you can begin praying for. Carry this list with you, and look for opportunities to share with them the rescue story of Jesus and what He has done in your heart.
Dear God, I thank You for doing the work of rescue through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I know that without that work, I am lost in a flood of sin, hopeless and helpless. But I know You love me so much that You not only could do the work to save me, You did. And right now I ask for the strength to share that work with those whose hearts may be drowning around me.