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You Sank My Cruise Ship

I’ve become convinced of something in recent years.  Maybe it has always been there, but I’m just now noticing.  That would make sense.  I sometimes get caught up in my life and it takes me a while to really see a few things.  Plus I’m guilty of this as well.  Maybe that’s really why I missed it.

We don’t really want our faith in Christ to change our lives very much.  We just want it to change our direction.

We are really cool with the missing Hell part of faith in Christ.  Come to faith in Christ and get some fire insurance.  That’s awesome.  We don’t have to go to the bad place.  We can move on and maybe become an angel like Clarence from It’s A Wonderful Life when our time is up.

Basically what too many of us want is for life, even life in Christ, to be one like living on a cruise ship.  We want to dart here and there to exotic locales.  We would like to have a cruise director who plugs us into some really cool events.  We can hang out with our friends and maybe meet some really neat new people.  We can then go tell stories about all of these wonderful times that we’ve had and the fun we’ve enjoyed.

We are content to live this kind of life for as long as possible.

However, if we read our Bible enough we might get the idea that this is just a fantasy life.  Maybe some folks cross our paths who have been living another life and we get a glimpse of what real faith in Christ looks like.  It’s not some easy life where we get to skip through life with hardly a care in the faith department.  It doesn’t really taste good at first.  It gives us a bit of heartburn.  The light bulb comes on and reality begins to sink in.  We see what God has been up to in our lives.  Like the commercial from when I was a kid, we slowly come to the realization.  We have to say it, if only to ourselves and Him:

“You sank my cruise ship!!!”

We finally see reality.  Life with Christ isn’t some game.  It isn’t a party on the sea.  It’s war.  Not with flesh and blood, but with something far greater.

The good news is that another ship comes along while we’re sinking.  We’re pulled out of the sea onto the deck.  Everyone is in battle gear.  Helmets.  Breastplates.  Belts.  Swords in hand.  All hands are on deck.  Fiery darts are being shot from every direction.

Now you’re on a battle ship.

At first you’re afraid.  After all, you can still see the cruise ship sinking.  Life was good there.  Everything you had was on that ship.  Now it’s gone.  What if that happens to this ship?

No one else seems concerned, especially the Captain.  He seems sure at the helm.  In fact, it almost looks like He has dozed off.  How can He sleep with the war around Him and everyone about to die?  Doesn’t He care?

He wakes up and looks right at you, as if He knew what you were thinking.  He gives you a nod and wink.  He’s really got this.  You’re confidence begins to grow.  Where’s that war attire?  You pause and think to yourself that you will never hear these words:

You sank my battle ship.

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Categories: Christianity, Faith
  1. January 21, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Good one Larry. Never been (and never plan to be) on a cruise ship. Sink away. But if sinking my battleship means I was in the heat of battle and not off on a cruise, then sink away.

  2. January 21, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I don’t want to be content.

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