Safety first
June 18, 2012
by Pastor John Cedar, Lamson Ev. Free Church, Dassel

In this highly mechanized era, it is essential that we emphasize “safety first.” There are so many deaths resulting from carelessness all around us – on the highways, in the workplace, on our farms, and even in our homes.

Death on our roadways has become such a common occurence that the National Safety Council is able to make a fairly accurate estimate of how many people will be killed on our roadways during a holiday weekend. The toll has become so great that, at times, the president of the US has issued a safety proclamation with the hope of lessening this careless slaughter on our nation’s roads.

Even this has failed to bring about an appreciable change in the situation. Carelessness and a minimizing of the value of human life is constantly on the increase.

Safety must become an individual concern for all of us. One careless person can be responsible for the loss of many human lives. Fortunately, the opposite is also true – one careful person can be responsible for the saving of many lives.

There is a spiritual aspect of safety which I wish to share with you. When we move into the spiritual realm, we think in terms of eternal values. In this realm, we dare not be careless and must think of safety in a stricter sense.

The term “safety first” then becomes “first safety” or “eternal safety.” In Mark 8:36, Jesus asked a very pointed question: “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” In the next verse, He asked a second question: “Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” How do you personally respond?

This is the realm of the absolute. This is “eternal safety” with which we are now dealing. The Apostle Paul wrote shortly before his martyrdom, “. . . I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Paul was not afraid of the sharp axe which would behead him. He knew that death could not rob him of his eternal life and his eternal posssessions. He was well acquainted with the living Christ, the One who had redeemed him from the power and consequences of sin.

You can have the same confidence displayed by the Apostle Paul. Have you surrendered control of your life and possessions to God? Have you asked for and received His forgiveness for your sins, and are you living in obedience to His will each day? If so, your future is secure in Him.

May the Holy Spirit enable you to put “Christ first” in all you do, say, and think.