A lifeguard saw a man struggling in the water and dove in to help. Each time he got close to the man, he was met with flailing arms and was pushed away. Finally, as the man fatigued and gave up trying to save himself, the lifeguard was able to reach the drowning man and rescue him.
Similarly, in our lives, we believe that we can save ourselves. We don’t need help. We push away or don’t turn to the very person who was sent here by the Father to save us. We should know by now that our lives are unmanageable without Jesus. If we profess to believe in Jesus, then why don’t we rely on him in everything we do? Why is it that so often we only give it up to him when we absolutely have nowhere else to turn? God sent his Son to save us and can only do that when we stop trying to save ourselves and let him do what he was sent here to do.
Years ago, the company I worked for started a quality “process”. One of the underlying themes was that quality wasn’t something we did or thought about once our regular work was done, but rather something that needed to be integrated into every process performed throughout the organization. It wasn’t an “add-on”, but instead a philosophy that was to permeate everything we did in order to produce quality products and services.
In like fashion, Christianity isn’t something that works if your only involvement is every Sunday for two hours. We are called to live our lives as Jesus did, every day, all day, involving everyone. Christianity isn’t a part time thing. It asks us to perform every action with purpose; good, Christian purpose. It should be who we are and what we do without question or hesitation or forethought.
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20