Have you ever gone skinny dipping? OK, I really don’t need an answer there. But just imagine if you had (wink, wink) how freeing an unencumbered you must have felt.
There was nothing holding you down. Nothing weighing you down. You were free.
When rescuing others leave every non-essential behind.
Why do you think lifeguards sit on the stand in nothing but an approved bathing suit?
Because every other thing they have on them weighs them down when they are needed to rescue a drowning victim. Have you ever tried swimming in jeans and a shirt? They bog you down and confine you. You are not free to move as quickly and agilely as you need. The extra weight becomes burdensome and can throw off the rescue.
Not that I want you to go about your daily chores in your bathing suit, but it is still essential to not be weighed down when rescuing souls.
If you are weighted down by your past, anger, or even a busy schedule, it will be hard for you to fully commit to the rescue. Your soul will not be free and agile to respond quickly in the right spirit to save another.
What can you throw off so you can skinny dip? Oops, I mean rescue.
the hurt of a past situation
an unorganized life
an addiction that stifles you
the fear of the unknown (subscribe to Step Over it Tuesday for more on this)
your comfort zone
you lack of confidence
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.” Hebrews 12:1-2 MSG
Keeping our eyes on Jesus, it’s time to strip down. Skinny dipping in the spiritual sense is all good, baby — all good! [tweet that, if you’re a skinny dipper]
QUESTION: What do you need to strip off so that you can be of more use in rescuing others?
After wrestling with the word rescue for months, I decided to bring this word to life. I’ll expose the truths stirring in my soul regarding this daring, venturesome, and fearless word. Oh how I’d love your input too!