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::Devotional:: ‘Deserted On The Perfect Island’

August 16, 2010

I have always been a big fan of shipwreck tales.  Books, movies, television, you name it and I’m interested.  There’s something intriguing about how man responds to the challenges of being deserted on an island.  There’s usually great irony in the fact that those marooned eventually come to a point to where they don’t want to leave the island.  It becomes familiar and comfortable.  It becomes home.  In my pastor’s message yesterday, he said that abiding in Christ is like being marooned on a desert island and never wanting to leave again.

Man needs very little to truly survive.  Food, water, shelter, and companionship are really the bare necessities (the simple bare necessities) of survival.  We can rest assured that if we are to abide in Christ, to shipwreck ourselves on the deserted island of our Savior, we will have all that we need and more.

The book of Ephesians is an incredible book of the Bible.  The first chapter alone is full of encouraging information.  Consider what the scriptures tell us is available to us “In Him.”

  • v. 4 “In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely give us in the One he loves.”
  • v. 7  “In him we have the redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
  • v. 11 “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man abides in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  John 15:5

Abide in the Lord today.  Run your vessel aground on the shores of his mercy and grace.  Remind yourself of all that we have “in Him” and rejoice!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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