Dead!

“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive’ 1 Corinthians 15:22

It was Monday morning when Dania Read and Penny Fourie took the students across the road to the public swimming pool next to St Christopher’s School. As they arrived, the previous class was coming out of the change-rooms and chatting about the great swimming lesson they’d just enjoyed. Having heard how inviting the water was the students were quickly changed and itching to leap in. But the teachers insisted they sat on the tiered seats on the northern side of the pool so they could have the swimming drill explained before they were in the water.

They had barely sat down when one of the students asked, “What’s that man doing in the pool?” “What man?” asked Dania in surprise. For the pool was closed to the public when the school was using the facility. “The one over there in the water,” replied the boy. No one knew what the man was doing so one of the boys dived in to investigate. To their horror they discovered it was a submerged corpse! The police were called in, foul play was suspected, and a murder docket was opened!

Now no one expects to go to school and find a dead person. Yet there’s a sense in which our schools are full of dead people and many of us haven’t even noticed.

In nearly every classroom around the world there are scores of dead students and dead teachers. Not dead physically, but dead spiritually. They’re dead in their “transgressions and sins” Ephesians 2:1. They’re dead because they don’t have a vital relationship with God. They follow “the ways of this world . . . gratifying the cravings of (their) sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts” Ephesians 2:2-3. And in so doing they become “objects of (God’s) wrath” Ephesians 2:3.

Yet they needn’t be left for dead. You can tell them the good news. You can tell them about God’s “great love for us” and His “rich . . . mercy” Ephesians 2:4. And you can tell them how they can be “saved, through faith . . . the gift of God” to be “alive with Christ”  Ephesians 2:8.

Don’t delay. Jump right in and save a life today.

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