A Titanic Problem - July 21, 2018
James Collins

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:12-14

I like movies where things explode. My wife, Amanda, likes movies where people fall in love. On movie night, we have a problem. I want to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. She wants to watch Steel Magnolias. I want to watch Jason Bourne. She wants to watch The Notebook. By the way, you would have to be an idiot not to figure out that the old man telling that story was the young guy in the flashbacks. I figured that movie out in five minutes.

Anyway, I like movies that my wife calls manly movies. My wife likes what I call chick flicks. This causes conflict on movie night. Last week, I wanted to watch this movie where Bruce Willis blows up a bunch of stuff and takes out a bunch of terrorists. Amanda wanted to watch a Hallmark Channel movie with that girl that used to be on Full House. It was a movie about a single parent who returns to her hometown to find true love. I think it was called Movie That Makes My Husband Nauseous or something like that. Therefore, Amanda and I had a disagreement over what movie to watch. I want you to know that I am a man. I was not going to back down. I run things at my house. I run the dishwasher. I run the washing machine. I run the vacuum cleaner. I run whatever my wife tells me to run. So there I was watching a Hallmark movie…

Amanda’s favorite movie came out years ago when we were dating. Amanda loves that movie Titanic. Over the years, we have watched Titanic at least fifty times. If you are one of the two or three people on the planet that has not seen Titanic, is based on the true story of the real voyage of the RMS Titanic. If you don’t know, the ship hits an iceberg and sinks. Almost everybody dies. It’s a real tear-jerker.

In history, the Titanic was called the unsinkable ship. It was almost a world unto itself. The Titanic was luxurious, ornate, elegant, and majestic. The idea of it sinking was so unthinkable that they didn’t even provide enough lifeboats for the passengers. But the unthinkable happened. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank only four days into its maiden voyage. That night, over 1500 people died in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

In the same way, this life is like the Titanic. We can get so caught up by the glitter of life that we don’t consider its end. No matter who you are, everything about the flesh is just a sinking ship. If you have any doubt about it, just go to a funeral. If the Lord tarries, every one of us is going to die.

If you know you’re on a sinking ship, what do you do? You get your eyes off the ship. You get your life into the lifeboat. The Bible says that the way of the flesh is death, but the way of the Spirit is life. Jesus Christ is the Lifeboat of this life. When you get saved, you get in the Lifeboat. And you dwell in the Lifeboat by living it in the Spirit. The flesh is sinking, so abandon the sinking ship and get aboard the Lifeboat. Live by the Spirit of God, and when the ship goes down, you’ll still be floating.

The point is: Why don’t you evaluate your life? Get rid of any area which you are living in or relying on the flesh. Leave the flesh and walk in the Spirit. Get in the Lifeboat.

James Collins will never forget the day that he got in the Lifeboat. Along the way, there have been many storms. But the Lifeboat is still going strong. To find out more about the Lifeboat, you are invited to Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church. If you need a ride to church, call (620) 223-2986.

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