Phil Littleford took his son on an Alaskan fishing trip with two other men. In a quest to find some running salmon, they flew their seaplane into a secluded bay. The fishing was everything they had dreamed. When they had finished for the day, their plane was on dry ground. The fluctuating tide had left their plane twenty-three feet from the water, so they cooked some of their fish for dinner and slept in the plane.
When they awoke…. the tide had come in and their plane was drifting in the water. They cranked the engine and took off. Unknown to them, one of the pontoons had been punctured and was filled with water. The extra weight caused the seaplane to crash within moments. Everyone survived, BUT they had no safety equipment on board. They used their waders as floating devices, but the frigid water was a deadly threat. The current was too strong for Dr. Littleford’s twelve-year-old son to swim against. The other two men fought their way against the tide and barely made it to shore.
The two survivors looked back from shore to see Dr. Littleford and his son, Mark, being swept out to sea, arm-in-arm. The Coast Guard reported that they probably lasted no more than an hour in the freezing waters. The hypothermia would chill the body functions and put them to sleep. Mark, with a smaller body mass, would fall asleep first and die in his father’s arms. Dr. Littleford could have made it to shore, BUT that would have meant abandoning his son. He chose to die with his boy!
You and I were lost in the sea of SIN! Too weak to fight against sin’s current,
WE were without hope. Seeing our terrible plight, the Heavenly Father did NOT abandon us, but rather He sent His Son to our rescue. The Son of God reached out to us urging us to cling to Him for our salvation. In order to rescue us from our sins, the Son of God gave His life. He died – so that we might live!
Through His sacrificial death, the Son of God CONTINUES to reach out to ALL who are drowning in the sea of SIN. ONLY those who “GRASP” His offer of salvation are saved.
To be saved… one must:
Embrace the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)
Repent of sin
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
Be immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
AND continue to cling to the Savior in obedience to His will
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)
The love of the Father is too GREAT to be comprehended, but too IMPORTANT to be refused!
Will YOU not reach up to Him through your trusting obedience for salvation?
Daddy Had A Little Boy
Daddy had a little boy,
His soul was white as snow.
He never went to Bible class,
“cause Daddy wouldn’t go.
He never heard the stories of Jesus
That thrilled the childish mind;
While other children went to class,
This child was left behind.
And as he grew from babe to youth,
Dad saw to his dismay
A soul that once was snowy white
Become a dingy gray.
Realizing his son was lost,
Dad tried to win him back;
But now the soul that once was white
Had turned an ugly black.
Dad even started back to church,
And Bible study too,
He begged the preacher, “Isn’t there
A thing that you can do?”
The preacher tried and failed, and said,
“We’re just too far behind,
I tried to tell you years ago,
But you would pay no mind.”
And so another soul is lost,
That once was white as snow;
Bible study would have helped-
But Daddy wouldn’t go.
Written by David A. Sargent