Memorial day is considered by many to be the start of boating season. The lake was very was very busy Saturday and Sunday in front of our house. When we watched the news Sunday evening, they were showing several people who were going around giving folks life jackets if they would sign a pledge to wear them. The campaign, called “Wear It Tennessee” is distributing these life jackets during the summer on the Percy Priest, Old Hickory, and Cheatham lakes for free (while supplies last). All you have to do is find the “Wear It Tennessee!” Campaign Boat that will be cruising the water all summer long. If life jackets save lives, why do people not wear them? The same site that talked about this campaign gave several reasons. Haven’t convinced you to wear one? Is it because they’re too bulky? Do they produce unwanted tan lines? Better yet, they don’t allow you to get a tan? Well, the Wear It! campaign has news for you. We have life jackets that will meet your needs. One looks like suspenders and the other looks like a fanny pack. People will not wear a life jacket because it will mess up their tan line! That sounds very foolish to many of us, because we are talking about saving your life.
People use this same line of reasoning when it comes to spiritual things. God offers us a life jacket, but even Christ stated that most people will not take it. Matthew 7:13,14. It might mess up my lifestyle, or I am capable of getting out of any life-threatening situation on my own. The fact is, we are not capable of doing this on our own. God extends to us a life preserver, a life jacket, if we will only grab it and hang on to it. You are drowning in the sea of sin and God is giving you the opportunity to get out of that situation. He will not force you to grab the life preserver or put the life jacket on. He wants to rescue you, but you have to want to be rescued. John 3:16…Romans 5:6-8 …Ephesians 2:12-22. When God’s word is preached, you are given the opportunity to accept it and become a child of God by obedience to the gospel. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).