IMG_2785After one of my swimming workouts I was packed up and leaving through the exit gate.  I paused and contemplated the bold sign that everyone can see when they enter the pool area.  Simply, it says, “Lifeguards have ultimate authority.”

In a public pool this declaration makes perfect sense.  These well-trained and capable officials of the pool are present to protect everyone.  Their job is to insure a safe environment and make it possible for everyone to have a fun time in and around the pool.

Since many types of people from many different backgrounds will use the pool, someone has to be designated as the guardian of the rules.  Policies and procedures protect the most varied of crowds who want to enjoy the water.  The LIfeguards are to be respected and obeyed.

This is the same in life.  Someone is assigned the role to protect the safety and well-being of all people, the widest range of people.  No doubt some would suggest that the police, the firefighters, the military or even the government is there to protect us.

However, life is more than temporary security.  Who will protect us from eternity when our lives enter into that realm?  Who has the ability that reaches into the spiritual realm?

There is only one Eternal Lifeguard that will protect us.  He is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  He alone is able to protect us and has ultimate authority.

IMG_2806In our community pool I not only pondered the deeper meaning of who has ultimate authority, I also laughed at the sign around the corner.  It was a duplicate sign hung at several prominent locations around the deck area.  It said, “WARNING! No Lifeguard on duty.”

I suppose that the ultimately authority is in the hands of the Lifeguard if they are present.  However, since the vast majority of times, there is no Lifeguard at that pool, then, we are on own.  We swim at our own risk.

Admittedly, the pool, which is only 5.5 feet at its deepest point, allows most adults to simply stand up in the shallow if they are in trouble.  Nevertheless, in real life our Ultimate Authority is Jesus Christ as our eternal life Lifeguard, He will always be present.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  As our Savior is our Ultimate Authority and He has the power and presence to make us safe.

Have you already trusted Him as your Savior?

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