Over the past few months, God has been teaching me about rescue. The song that immediately comes to mind is Rescue by Lauren Daigle. This song not only brings back memories of how God has rescued me, but also seems to always come on when I’m texting or talking to a certain friend of mine. I love watching her rescue story continue to unfold.
I would be here all day listing the ways God has rescued me in times of deep depression, hopelessness, pain, fear, and brokenness. The biggest rescue mission this far was after the birth of my daughter. Scans confirmed I had been bleeding internally for 6 hours and my vitals were dropping. I went into an emergency procedure to find the bleed and it was gone. What the scan had confirmed, was not there an hour later. I know God rescued me. Although he was the true rescuer in the story, he chose to use other people to join the rescue mission. My faithful husband called in the warriors and they gathered around and pleaded with God to perform a miracle. He used my husband, my favorite person in the world, to begin my rescue mission.
What point am I trying to make?
We are called into one big rescue mission and it is our responsibility to step into that calling… and it takes a lot of guts.
Paul David Tripp says it like this in his book Parenting…”We must live like each day is a moment by moment, day by day rescue mission.” He is referring to parenting , but it can be applied to all relationships.
Here are 5 things God has been teaching me about rescue.
1. Jesus risks offending us in order to save us.
This is from a podcast by Gospel City Church that rocked my world. Jesus risks offending us so he can ultimately rescue us and we are to do the same for others. Does this mean we shouldn’t keep peace? No, as my husband says, there’s a difference between a peace maker and a peace keeper. Sometimes, you have to create chaos to bring peace. Look at Jesus, there were times when people left in droves when he was teaching. Look at Luke 6. Why? He was defying their false beliefs and speaking truth to the people.
2. Jesus was full of grace and full of truth.
My pastor preached on this a few months ago. When it comes to rescuing others, we have to be willing to be full of truth and grace. He said it like this..” being full of grace and no truth, we will believe whatever and do whatever. Being full of truth and no grace is all about rules and no relationship leading to rebellion.” I want my relationships to imitate Jesus. I want to speak truth into the lives around me but out of grace and love. It takes boldness to speak truth, but it’s worth it to save them.
3. We must be willing to step into others rescue mission and stand in the gap.
We have been taught to “stay out of peoples business” or “they will come to you if they need you.” WRONG. There has never been a time during one of my darkness hours that I have had the courage to reach out for help. It’s easier to isolate. To hide. To wait until something changes. It has taken fearless friends who have stepped in, reached down, and pulled me out of the pit of despair. Did I ask for it? No. Did it save me? YES. We must pay close attention to the relationships in our lives and be willing to step in when needed. And side note, once you have reached down to help, it doesn’t mean the person will also respond with thanksgiving. This is where discernment comes in. The person may continue to push away and I would advise respecting them and letting them know you’re here when they are ready. Rescue is not about force. It’s about grace, truth, and surrender.
4. Walking with someone during their rescue mission builds faith.
This is no joke. Watching God rescue someone is one of the most beautiful things in this world. Seeing his faithfulness in the small details as he transforms the heart and brings full healing and restoration is something you want a front row seat for. I am so thankful God chooses to use his people to be a part of his rescue mission and uses it to grow our faith too.
5. This is not optional. It’s a command.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Jesus is the true example of Gods rescue mission for his children. Jesus’s death on the cross rescued us from our sin and gives us a life that lasts forever. We are called to live like Jesus, do what He did, and be willing to join the rescue mission of others moment by moment, day by day.
Today, I am thanking God for rescuing me, how he will rescue my children, and how he will continue to use me to help rescue others.