Rescue the perishing
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save;
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save!
I love the words of some of our old hymns of the faith. My mind was drawn to this one written by Fanny Crosby as I thought about God--the rescuer of my soul.
This Sunday, December 3, we will be focusing on salvation from Ephesians 2:8-10. My goal is to make it clear that salvation is really NOT about us, the rescued, but about God, our rescuer. It is God who saved us from hell. It is God whose grace is poured out for us. It is God whose plan of salvation began before the foundation of the world. It is God who sent His Son as our atoning sacrifice. It is God who rescued me and so I must make a big deal about Him. God wants it that way.
Consider Psalm 67:1-2:
”God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us, selah.
That YOUR way may be known on earth,
YOUR salvation among all nations.”
God wants His way - His plan of salvation known!!!
Salvation is not about us; salvation is about Him!!!
So, let's make a big deal about the God of our salvation.
Let's boast in God, let's glory in God since we are told in Ephesians 2:8-9 that salvation is not something to boast about in ourselves. Who are we to boast about when it comes to our salvation, our rescue? How about God. How about making a big deal of God's plan of salvation?
How do we do that today? How do we make a big deal about the God of our salvation? Who is to get all the glory?
On Sunday, I'll share four ways to give God the glory in the context of giving credit where credit is due.
- Point people to Him. (Psalm 67:1-2)
- Pattern my life after Him. (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery . . . )
- Produce fruit like Him. (Galatians 5:22-23)
- Pray believing He listens and is powerful enough to help.
I have been challenged in my study the past few weeks to boast in the God of our salvation. I hope to see you Sunday as we really will make a BIG DEAL ABOUT GOD, our rescuer.