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On December 31st, a car containing 1 adult and 3 children lost control on an icy road, causing it to plunge upside down into the Logan River near Logan, Utah. The children were trapped upside down as the water poured in. As many as 10 passers-by stopped to help the family. After shooting out the windows, cutting seat belts, and reviving a young boy, the labors of these gracious heroes proved successful. Although some were airlifted to a local hospital, the entire family survived this horifying accident. You can read the full details of this amazing story here.
Imagine what would have happened if these passers-by didn’t stop. What if these heroes were too busy to care about this family? We would be reading a sad obituary instead of a heroic tale of salvation. Christian, the sad reality is that you and I pass by sinners on a daily basis who are drowning in their sin, and we have the only thing that can save them: the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, we often are too busy to care, consider, notice, or even ask whether or not these human beings have experienced the wonderful saving grace of Christ. As Christians, we live in a world full of families who are drowning in sin. Instead of providing a laundry list of excuses, we need to act like the heroes in the above story. We must lovingly, intentionally pursue the lost, as if Jesus Christ is their only hope, for this is exactly what He claimed in John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”‘
So, the next time you interact with another human being, ask yourself if he or she is submerged upside down in sin, drowning while “safely” buckled in by his or her worldview, as he or she unknowingly drowns into eternal death. Pray for God to shoot out the windows, cut off the worldview (safety belt), drag these dead sinners from Adam’s river, and breathe salvation into them through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ in their stead; while realizing that God has determined to get the gospel to the nations through His church: Christians (Matt. 28:18-20).
Will you take the gospel to families drowning in sin?