A Thrill of a Lifetime

Who wouldn’t be enticed to experience a thrill of a lifetime?

That’s how former thrill-seekers described plunging two-and-a-half miles under the Atlantic to view the remains of the ship Titanic. Unfortunately, this enticement for a look at the ghostly grave recently resulted in catastrophe for the five men aboard.

The submersible, Titan, was about the size of a mini-van with cramped quarters. Previous adventurers described it as over two hours of diving into freezing black darkness that grew icier as it descended to the ocean’s floor.

After reaching Titanic, the submersible coasted for about three hours, allowing each person to take turns to look through a front porthole at what was left of that once-luxurious vessel. For the last one hundred eleven years, the salt water has eaten away at the famous ocean liner like termites. Now only rusted steel and gossamer blanket the haunted-looking skeleton yawning from its ocean grave.

In spite of extreme danger to their safety, everyone who has made the voyage agrees it is a thrill of a lifetime. Perhaps danger, only one step away from utter catastrophe, is the enticing lure.

How does this experience apply to our spiritual lives?

Satan baits us with the promise of a thrill of a lifetime that leads into sin and separation from God. If we sign up for a trip on Satan’s submersible, we’ll dive into deep, icy darkness. The dives may be short, falsely assuring us that flirting with sin isn’t dangerous after all–it’s thrilling. Each trip takes us a little deeper until we reach the bottom where death extends its skeletal hands in a welcoming embrace.

Is it too late to surface to the Mother ship and escape Satan’s kingdom? If we run out of oxygen or our submersible cracks and explodes, we’re doomed.

It may be too late for Titan, but it’s never too late to be rescued from Satan’s slick lies and deception. All we need to do is call on the Name that is above every name—JESUS.

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved;

Joel 2:32 NIV

How can we be rescued from spiritual death?

‘…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.’

Luke 19:10 NKJV

Like the Mother ship, Jesus sits atop the ocean waves and calls us to safety. If we’re lost, He conducts a search and rescue operation to find us in the icy-black waters.

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
‘This is the way, walk in it,

Isaiah 30:21 NKJV

If we call out to Him, He will rescue us from sin, hell, and the grave.

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.

Isaiah 55:6 NKJV

He teaches us how to walk in righteousness and watches our steps.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.

Psalm 32:8 NKJV

Jesus warned us about deception and to not follow false Christs.

He replied: ‘Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am he,” and, “The time is near.” Do not follow them.’

Luke 21:8 NIV

Whether you a deceived Christian whose ears have been tickled by false gospels or a person who wants to find salvation in Christ, Jesus is waiting with open arms. We need to repent of our sins and receive the forgiveness He freely gave us at the cross.

Rise up and out of the freezing black ocean of sin.

A true thrill of a lifetime is finding salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life in Christ.

The Sinner’s Prayer: Dear Father, I am a sinner, and I’m sorry for my sins. Please forgive me and come live in my heart. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross and rose again from the dead. Thank you for washing me in the blood of the Lamb and writing my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and for sealing my eternity in Your kingdom. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

A Thrill of a Lifetime by Karen Jurgens copyright © 2023 All rights reserved.

6 thoughts on “A Thrill of a Lifetime

  1. What a thought provoking message. We all have to be alert to Satan’s lies.
    Praying often has helped me tremendously to keep my faith and reject Satan’s lies.
    Thank you.

    • Prayer is very powerful, I agree. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom and discernment to discern lies from truth. And the Word, of course, gives us knowledge and wisdom to keep us directed on our walk of faith. These days we must be on the alert! Blessings, dear friend.

  2. Like many, I was saddened to learn of the tragic ending for those five thrill-seekers. I’ve never believed in those who would dive to see sunken ships, etc. My reasoning, because in my mind, we’re desecrating a grave site. Still, I appreciated your analogy. Many (including my former self) seek the “adventure” that a world-driven life offers. It’s that momentary feeling of exhilaration that comes from jumping from an aircraft with only a path of silk and some nylon cords, or diving to unexplored depths, or climbing Mt. Everest even though we realize that most efforts result in failure and sometimes death. No one expects their adventure will, of course. Sin is like that too. We can want to “live for the moment” and enjoy those momentary highs, but like the thrill-seeking adventurers, one moment leaves us wanting more. And we’ll take more and more risks to recapture that same level of emotion, as it takes more and more risk for us to experience that same level. Drug and alcohol abuse is that way too. The more we partake, the more we need. Your point that you can “return to the surface” is well taken, but I caution your readers who are not yet saved, and those who know in their hearts they are not yet truly saved, that the “cracks are appearing”. The time for you to cast out your lifeline to Christ and get yourself right with God is dwindling down. Please don’t delay friends. Thank you for this insightful post Ms. Karen.

    • Completely in agreement, dear brother. Like ice cream, there are many flavors of sin to sample, but they all lead to the same place: separation from God. The more they eat, the more they want. Satan sweetens the pot, and it tastes better the deeper you go. It is also my prayer that the lost will heed the warning before it is too late. Eternity is determined on this side of the grave. Once on the other side, there’s no turning back. Praying blessings on your week! 🙏🏻

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