Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 32:26-34:22 / 1 Timothy 1:1-20 / Psalm 119:41-48
On April 10, 1912 the Titanic left the harbor from Southampton, England for it’s first voyage. The ocean liner had been described as unsinkable and carried 2,228 passengers and crew. Most of the people paid thousands of dollars to sail. Little did they know they would be part of history in a completely and unthinkable way. Four days into the trip, severe ice warnings were given but the Titanic ignored them and continued on their New York destination.
The Titanic struck an iceberg, sank within 3 hours and 1,523 people drowned and only 705 survived. This tragic shipwreck was due to many things including negligence, apathy, greed and pride. The shipwreck could have been avoided but the proud captain and incompetent crew ignored the warning signs.
We have come a long way since 1912 but man still has not changed. Pride, apathy, greed and sin cause shipwrecks in our lives. Paul admonishes Timothy, “Fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. (1 Timothy 1:18,19) When we refuse to put on the full armor of God and fail to recognize the presence of spiritual warfare in our lives, we will plummet to a shipwreck state.
A 17-year-old spiritually deep and sensitive young man wrote these words. “Our heart, reason, history, and the work of Christ convince us that without Him we cannot achieve our goal, that without Him we are doomed by God, and only Christ can save us.” For his graduation paper, he wrote an essay on “The union of believers with Christ, according to St. John’s Gospel, John 15.” He wrote of the joy that is only known when a heart is united with and through Jesus Christ to God.
Nine years later, this young man abandoned all Christian devotion and became a militant atheist. His name… Karl Marx, the author of The Communist Manifesto and one of the most influential men of the 20th century. What happened? He ignored the warning signs of The Word and The Holy Spirit. Faith was replaced by philosophy, truth was replaced by reason and God was replaced by pride.
Faith is foundation of our lives. It is through faith we believe in God, His Word and His purpose. When we let go and push away faith, we turn from truth to deception and error. Sin then goes unchallenged. Truth becomes rationalized and judged according to relativity. Our conscience becomes seared and deviates from truth while embracing sin.
We must be careful not to think, “It won’t happen to me.” The enemy is subtle and he works one small temptation, one compromise, and one offense at a time. You are a target of the enemy so don’t lessen your grip on faith and your hold on a godly conscience. Stay the course of faith; heed God’s warning…let Him captain your ship!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!