22
Oct
08

Continuing the theme of salvation

Last spring I recommended you read Christian George’s book, Sex, Sushi & Salvation (Chicago, IL:  Moody Publishers, 2008).  With the topic of salvation on this week’s blog, I have decided to share a story he relates regarding the price God paid to save us.

George writes:

A boy once made a boat.  It was a special boat, a red, shiny boat.  For days he sketched its design, measured its dimensions, and carved its frame.  He carefully crafted the mast, whittled a rudder, and glued the mast to the hull.  With meticulous care, he even tied pieces of twine together and strung them along the boat’s perimeter.  It lacked only one thing.  Picking up a paintbrush, the boy signed his name on its side and declared that this was the best boat ever created.
One sunny Saturday, the boy decided to sail the boat in a river.  The water upheld the vessel as it floated by the banks.  The boy was thrilled.  There was his creation, his pride and joy, handling the currents and rapids of the river.  But then, to the boy’s horror, the boat crashed against the rocks and drifted out of sight.  After hours of searching, the boy was heartbroken and returned to his house without his beautiful boat.
Several days later, the boy was walking down the street and saw his boat displayed in a window.  He couldn’t believe his eyes and ran inside the shop.
“That’s my boat,” he yelled. “Give me back my boat!”
“Are you sure about that?” the shop owner said.
The boy nodded. “Yes, I’m sure.  Look, there’s my signature on the side.”
“That might be your signature,” the man said, “but if you want this boat, you have to buy it.”  He pointed to the price tag hanging from the rudder.  It cost a lot.  But the boy reached into his pocket, pulled out everything he had, and purchased back the boat he had made.
Christians belong to God by creation and redemption.  In Him we were made and remade, formed and reformed.  King David wrote, “oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:15).  And though we fell from original perfection and were sold to sin, Christ died a criminal’s death to buy us back.  Everything in the syllabus of salvation happened just the way God wrote it, and with Paul the apostle we pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened in order that we will know the hope and riches of God’s inheritance for His saints (Ephesians 1:18).

God definitely pulled out everything He had in order to purchase back from the sin the people He made.

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1 Response to “Continuing the theme of salvation”


  1. 1 Lee
    October 22, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Ryan, I have not read the book so I looked up a review that gave a synopsis of the content. In one line, the reviewer states:

    In Sex, Sushi and Salvation, Christian shows us how God alone can quench the hunger of our souls – a hunger that demonstrates itself in our desire for intimacy (sex), community (sushi bars), and eternity (salvation). Christian’s passion is to see the Church in the West revive rather than “rot,” and he is doing everything he can to wake us up from our slumber of complacency.

    Pardon my redirecting your topic due to being distracted by an emphasis I noticed in the review, but I have been equally burdened of late by the “country club” isolation of modern churches from the masses of hungry souls looking to be fed from sources that can only offer a shallow and pitiful substitue in comparison to the intimacy and community found in Christ and his Church. Rather than sending invitiations via media and mail, and loose connections in the work place and/or neighborhoods, should there also not be an effort to reach them by penetrating their social environments in order to carry light into darkness, giving opportunity to build relationships, earn trust, and therefore the credibility and hope of the gospel that would draw them out?

    Jesus had a reputation for conversing and even dining with people considered of ill repute by the Pharisees, earning him the reputation of a drunkard and a glutton. Nevertheless, he justified his controversial mission effort by stating he came not for the well, but the sick. Should we not be following his example?

    Penetrating such a mission field would not be wise for one unstable in their own identity in Christ and solidarity of purpose, thus exposing them to influences that could draw the well intentioned believer into compromise rather than drawing others out. However, if throngs of lost, lonely and hurting people are corporately gathering in search of fulfillment, it seems reasonable, just like the missionaries mentioned in the book, to go to the people with the good news of the gospel rather than trying to draw people in from behind the high and thick walls of our safe and exclusive “fellowship.” True fellowship reaches out, not in, and it seems the fear of “compromising our witness” by being seen in places and with people of ill-repute should not serve to hinder the shoes of the gospel of peace.

    Apologetics is providing answers for the hope that is within us to those who have questions in their search for hope. Secular social environments reasonably seem an ideal forum to do just that.

    What are your thoughts?


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