Two Vessels ... and a Choice

>> Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The picture of Carnival Corporation’s giant cruise ship Costa Concordia lying on its side is disturbing. That’s just not supposed to happen. And I’m sure the over 4,000 people on board felt the same way. But in a matter of minutes eating was forgotten and survival was foremost. It cost a lot of money to be aboard that vessel. You would think that payment would cover being safe at the dinner table.  

The world watches as this tragedy unfolds.  

This morning our pastor spoke of Noah and his faithfulness. He was told to build a rather large sea-going vessel. There would be no charge for climbing on board … just a belief that God meant what He said. The world of Noah’s day watched as he worked 120 years to build this giant container that could float. But only eight people were inside when God shut the door.  

The cruise ship was equipped with all the latest in technology … the ark had none. Entertainment abounded on board the Costa Concordia … feeding animals and mucking out their stalls awaited those on the ark. And the food … oh the food … served on the cruise ship; lavish and in abundance. Not so much on the ark.  

The cruise ship had Carnival Corporation’s guarantee of a good time. The ark had God’s guarantee that you would live if you climbed on board.  

In our world the majority of people are willing to pay big money to enjoy glitter and opulence. Instant gratification is the goal. But some of us are willing to postpone our rewards while we do God’s work … knowing we can trust His guarantee of heaven.


“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:2-3 (NIV)


4 comments:

Joanne Sher January 17, 2012 at 8:33 AM  

Ohh - what a GREAT analogy! Thanks, Joy!

Joy Bach January 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM  

Joanne, you are such a wonderful supporter. Thanks so much.

dandelionfleur January 19, 2012 at 5:42 AM  

Excellent post, Joy! And I love how you brought in the thought of postponing gratification in this life in order to to God's work. That's something for me to think about today.

Joy Bach January 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM  

Another great supporter. Love you ... and thanks.

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