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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue"
"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference:" Jude 21,22
On the morning of September 11, 2001, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers began to flee Lower Manhattan, running to the southside of the city. As the Twin Towers burned behind them, they soon realized that Manhattan was indeed an island. Confusion and fear began to sweep through that multitude of people as they realized that they were trapped. The bridges were closed, the tunnels were closed, and for the first time in 100 years the only way on or off the island was by water. People began to jump from the docks onto any vessel that was in the harbor, and it soon became evident that they were going to need many more boats. The Coast Guard boat, Pilot 1, sent out one radio call for any available boats to make their way to Lower Manhattan. What happened next was truly astounding. Within moments, hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes began to make their way from the clear blue of the harbor into the milky–ash of the war zone. People began to flood onto tugboats, ferries, party boats, personal crafts, and commercial barges, and for the next nine hours those boats began to move people off of Manhattan Island, carrying them to safety. To this day, most people do not realize that this floating armada of common citizens risking their personal lives and vessels to rescue the people of Manhattan became the largest human evacuation in history. Over five hundred thousand people were rescued by boat in less than nine hours.
As a Christian, I cannot help but think of all the souls trapped, facing the inferno of hell, with nowhere to go. I have a vessel that can rescue the perishing. You have a vessel that can care for the dying. I pray that as a church family we will get our eyes on the shoreline and see the multitudes in need of salvation. There is only One Way off the island, but how can they be rescued except "some man should guide" them? Use the anniversary of this awful event to stir in you a compassion for the lost souls of men.
You can commit yourself to:
Earnestly pray for those on the brink of eternity."Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved." Romans 10:1
Take your boat into the harbor of hell and rescue anyone that is willing to listen."And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23
Pray that God will send more laborers into the harvest."Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest." Luke 10:2
Your boat may not carry as many as someone else's boat, but make sure your boat is full when you leave. Don't wait until it’s too late to win souls. You will stand before the Lord in that day and say, "I wished I would have." The call for help has been placed, and now is the time to respond. You'll be glad you did