Swimming

Water is a terrifying thing.  The might of the oceans manifests itself in the tides, hurricanes, tsunamis, and the corroding power of salt.  Everything that man can conceive of is destroyed given enough time and water. Within water, such an essential life-giving element, is the power to destroy in any number of ways.

But water is something else too… it is essential to life.  It composes over two-thirds of our bodies and every organism on this planet requires it to survive.  More so, it teems with life itself – from fish, to algae, to millions of species of everything from lobsters and sea slugs to the largest mammals on Earth.

Last night, I went swimming.  I love swimming above most workouts because I can’t listen to music while I do it.  It is rhythmic, repetitive, and is an incredibly taxing workout regardless of intensity.  It is also a great time to think and try to listen to God.

We are awash in grace.  We are not just soaked in it, we are immersed completely in it.  It’s like we are in the middle of an Olympic-sized swimming pool and there is just a torrent of grace pouring down on us while we are swimming in it.  There is so much of it, that it is astonishing.  Christ didn’t just pour out enough for each of us on the cross, He poured out increasing grace for each of us and continues to do so every day.  We just have to recognize it.

Have you ever looked at a baptism and really thought about what it symbolizes?  Baptism has always been taught in my life as an expression of faith – that we are putting to death our old life of trying to live under The Law and rising “born again” in Christ.  I’ve always thought this metaphor was lacking.  If we look at water as a symbolic manifestation of grace, could baptism be an acknowledgment and acceptance of that grace…. even a surrender to it?

If you acknowledge Christ, you’re swimming in grace… if you don’t, then you’re drowning in sin.

You get to choose: sink or swim.

Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.

Acts 22:16

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:14

Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

John 1:16

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith.

Ephesians 2:8

 

 

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