The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
You Need an Anchor

There was a man who had just bought a new boat. He kept it in the harbor on the coast of Florida. A hurricane warning went into effect, the storm was brewing just off the coast and was about to hit land. He didn’t know what to do. He had made a sizable investment in this boat and didn’t want to lose it, so he sought out expert advice from a friend. This friend had vast experience with boats and hurricanes. He gave the new boat owner this advice. “Don’t attempt to tie your boat to the dock or anything on land. It will be torn to pieces. Here’s what you need to do. Your only hope is to anchor deep. Take four anchors, and drop them deep. Your boat will ride out the storm.”

That’s good advice for us spiritually as well. If you don’t want to drift away, if you want your life to mean something, if you want to leave your children an example of what it means to be a Christian, anchor deep in your fellowship with Christ.

It’s important to have an anchor in order to keep from drifting. The Wellington River feeds into the Niagara Falls. There is a sign posted where the Wellington River empties into the Niagara River that says “Do you have an anchor? Do you know how to use it?” The reason for this sign is that, if you can’t say “yes” to these questions, you are heading for serious danger. You would not want to be on that river without an anchor, you might not want to be on that river at all.

This drifting does not just happen physically. The Bible warns It can also happen spiritually. Just like there is a current in the ocean, there is also a Rip Tide or current in our lives spiritually, as Christians. It is a rip tide (current) made up of the world, the flesh and temptation. It is continually and constantly pulling at us, attempting to draw us away from God, away from church, and away from other believers. It can also be business or busyness, or even bitterness. It can be idleness or indifference. You and I need an anchor for our souls.

This Sunday we will continue our series of messages we are calling FCC Summer Cruise. This week’s sermon is titled, Anchored by Hope. It is based on Hebrews 6:13-20. I hope you will come and learn how to anchor your soul with the hope Jesus has given you to keep you safe from the storms and evil currents that seek to bash the ship of your life into pieces. You have an Anchor. Do you deploy it?

Anchored in Jesus,

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