DayBreaks for 5/03/16 – We Have to Go Out
From the DayBreaks archives, May 2006:
A horrible storm was battering the coastline of Oregon. The rain was falling sideways, the winds were shrieking and the oceans were angry, punishing the shore with every breaker. Everything was battened down to ride out the storm when the distress call came in to the Coast Guard. A ship was in trouble – foundering under the onslaught of wind and wave.
The call stirred up controversy among those at the Coast Guard center. The decision: send out a cutter to attempt a rescue. One young Guardsman, concerned about with wisdom of going out to attempt a rescue in such terrible conditions, approached the ship’s commander before they boarded and suggested that it was crazy to go out in such weather – it was just too dangerous. He suggested the very real possibility that they might not make it back.
The commander, a veteran of years in the Coast Guard, turned and looked at the young guardsman and said, “We don’t have to come back, but we do have to go out.”
That attitude is sterling, and it is the attitude that we, as believers, should have for the cause and the glory of the cross. We may not want to, we may feel that it’s too “stormy” outside – but Jesus didn’t ask his disciples to “Wait for excellent conditions before going out to be fishers of men.” No, he didn’t even hint at that. In fact, if anything, he tells us over and over again not to be concerned about our earthly lives – they’re nothing more than a mist, a flower that blooms and then is gone, but eternity has much greater significance and meaning and eternal destinies are the things that should occupy our attention – not earthly happenings.
The martyrs are the joyful band of those who “went out” but didn’t come back. Yet when we see them at the end of time, they are surrounding the very throne of God because they “loved not their lives even to the point of death.”
How long has it been since you’ve “gone out” to rescue someone?
PRAYER: Lord, give us courage. Quell our fears of what mankind can do to us. Fuel the fires of our heart to rescue the perishing and to have the courage to go out, even if we don’t come back. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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