“For whoever will call upon the name of The Lord will be saved” Romans 10:13
As Firefighters, we are in the business of saving lives. Have we ever stopped to think about “who will save us?”
But many will say: “I don’t need to be saved!”
We have all have seen people fall:
from the rich and the famous..
from the poor to the politicians..,
from our leaders in our homes…
to the leaders in our daily lives.
So why do many say that they are immune to sin? The pressure of inner self accusation is not felt until we understand our brokenness. We are incomplete, left searching, and seeking. Because:
“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
So if we look upon our hearts and understand God as He truly is; we stand staring at an impossible gap spanning between us and God.
We fall to our knees and lose hope but wait…
God didn’t make us to be left alone and ashamed. He made us because He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us all.
This relationship, the bridge between us and God, was built through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As firefighters, we understand and honor the sacrifice of those who have fallen so that others may live.
So why is it that many fail to see why Jesus had to die so that we may live?
We need to understand what it truly cost for us to be saved. A firefighter who dies in the Line of Duty is honored, memorialized, and we learn from their life so that others may live.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
God has made a way home for us. He has performed the greatest rescue ever: He has saved all of humanity through His son Jesus Christ.
As a firefighter reaches through the darkness, smoke, and flames to save someone; Jesus is reaching out to us all to save us. Jesus has through His sacrifice has:
“Save others by snatching them from the fire” Jude 1:23
We are saved, so let our lives reflect our great appreciation for what has been done for us. Our lives should be one of gratitude and service to our Lord out of our love for Him.
Our service will not save us but we are saved by Jesus so we may serve.