The Costa Concordia, an Italian cruise ship, was serving dinner to its guests. The cruise had been going perfectly. Then, disaster struck. There was a crash and the ship began taking on water. Before long the enormous ship tipped over onto its side placing everyone in mortal danger. The next few hours were filled with panic and chaos.
But what caused this terrible accident? Since he had sailed this area three or four times, the captain turned off the alarm system for the ship’s computer navigation system and sailed the ship by sight. The captain ended up running the ship into a rock hidden beneath the surface. Tragically, 32 people lost their lives as a result of this decision.
Time and time again people flirt with the boundaries. We become overconfident. We push things to the edge. We boldly stare into danger. The Costa Concordia is just a recent example.
Far too often Christians flirt with sin. We overconfidently put ourselves in bad situations and think we can handle it. We are lying to ourselves. Too often it’s when we think we are strong that we fail (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Instead of pushing the limits, why not go in the opposite direction. Resist Satan (James 4:7). Don’t give him a foothold (Ephesians 4:27). Be alert of his tactics (1 Peter 5:8-9). Deny yourself daily (Luke 9:23). Flee immorality and sin (1 Corinthians 6:18).
Let’s allow the Costa Concordia to serve as a reminder that we don’t know the dangers that could be hiding beneath the surface. Why not just stay safe and sound in the Lord?