Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Bungee Cord Gospel

Do you have any experience with Bungee Cords? Have you ever tried to strap something down with a Bungee Cord only to have it snap back and pop you in the hand. Or better yet have you ever jumped off of a bridge strapped to a Bungee Chord or paid good money at a fair or amusement park to be strapped into a Bungee Chord ride. As you are falling faster and faster or catapulted up, up and away you know (or hope) that the chord is going to eventually reach it's maximum stretch and snap you back just before you hit the canyon floor or riverbed.

As I was reading the other day I came across a passage that made me think of this. Take a look at the passage that I call the Bungee Chord Gospel:

Ephesians 2:1-7  1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Do you see it...the Bungee Chord Gospel?

In case you don't let me explain my thoughts.

In verses 1-3 Paul is telling us how we were hell bent on destruction. In the famous words of AC/DC we were on the Highway to Hell, we were breaking the speed limit and we did not even know it. However, in verse 4 there are two amazing words that offer hope - But God. In spite of our desire to follow the prince of the power of the air ie: Satan, God snatches us from that. Just as we are about to self destruct, just as we are about to crash and burn, just as we are about to hit the canyon floor God via the Bungee Chord Gospel snaps us out of that.

In spite of our desire to pursue everything that is anti-God he makes us alive by his mercy and grace. It is not by what we do, as evident in verse 9, but by his grace he snaps us back, he saves us from self destruction.

If you find yourself pursuing all that this world has to offer and yet you still feel empty, you still feel that there is something more to this life maybe, just maybe, the Bungee Cord is tightening and is about to snap you back. Maybe you are about to experience the "But God" moment when you realize just how merciful and loving God is and you will realize what he did for you at the cross.

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