Are You in the Lifeboat?

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On April 14, 1912, one of the greatest maritime disasters in history occured. Just a few days before, The Titanic — a ship that was declared to be “unsinkable” — set sail from England on its way to New York City. The Titanic was the greatest ship ever built up to that point in history. This was her maiden voyage. 2,223 people were on board for the celebratory journey. Only 710 people would survive.

On the night of April 14, 1912 a lookout cried out “Iceberg! Iceberg ahead!” But it was too late. The ship was going too fast. The partially submerged iceberg ripped into the hull of the Titanic which caused the bottom of the ship to flood with water. The sad thing about this event was that in the twelve hours preceding the crash, the Titanic had received five warnings of icebergs. The sixth warning from the lookout came too late for anyone to do anything about it.

Many people on the ship did not realize the tragic magnitude of the event. They still believed the “unsinkable” Titanic would sail on. Some people continued eating and drinking. Others retired to their beds. Some even went on deck to have snowball fights and to dance. However, reality soon set in — the reality that the ship would indeed sink and the worse reality that there were not enough lifeboats on the Titanic. The builders of the Titanic had decided not to include as many lifeboats as they were supposed to. After all, the Titanic wasn’t supposed to sink.

So many of us live our lives like the creators and passengers of the Titanic. We think that we are invincible, that our plans are waterproof, and that things will go our way. It would be alright to think this if we were perfect. But we’re not perfect. Unfortunately, we’ve all done bad things in our lives. And each of us is on a ship — a ship called Sin. Oh, yes, sailing with Sin is fun and enjoyable for a little while, but soon we will awaken to the reality that Sin is a sinking ship and that if we stay on it, we will suffer and die.

So, what’s the solution? A lifeboat, of course. Because God knew that we would need to be saved from Sin, he sent his Son Jesus Christ to be our lifeboat. The Bible says in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 1,514 people perished in the icy waters of the Northern Atlantic because they didn’t have a lifeboat to get into. Those who had lifeboats were saved. That’s why God sent his Son — to save us from sin and the punishment of sin which the Bible says is death.

Now, you might be asking, how can I be saved from sin? How can I get on the lifeboat that God has provided?

First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin, just as the people on the Titanic had to understand that if they didn’t get into a lifeboat they would die. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Fourth, you must accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The passengers in the lifeboats were helplessly floating in a vast ocean. They couldn’t save themselves! They could only depend on the lifeboat to stay alive. The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. Don’t delay. This may be your very last warning. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation — if you want to be delivered from the sinking ship of sin — please pray the following simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith! God Bless You!