This simple question was asked as we were gathered for our bi-weekly United For Christ (UFC) meeting, where we get together to study the Bible, discuss it, pray together and fellowship. UFC includes pre-teens to young adult (10 to 22 years old) who are part of my local church.
Recently, we began going through Who Are You: For Teens, which was written by myself, a few of my siblings and some friends. On this particular night, we met under a waterfront pavilion at a local park. We focused on the identity statement, I am rescued, from 1 Timothy 2:5-6:
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
The sun was setting in a vibrant display over the lake as we went around the table and shared about times we remembered needing rescue. The stories were diverse, real, and even funny at times. Each one including a desperate situation and a moment of rescue. The stories included suffering with splinters in feet, a much needed conversation with dad during a time of struggle, being split up from family in a busy city, the Lord leading a sweet personal devotional time at a point where motivation and faith were weak, and a simple hug from a sibling in a moment of discouragement.
For an extended period of time, we talked and shared about rescue and how many times we are in need of it throughout our daily lives. As we navigated through the discussion questions, our hearts were opened and challenged as we listened to each other and shared our experiences.
We talked about how our lives are really just one big struggle in need of rescue. The ultimate rescue was what Christ did for us on the cross. As our time came to a close, we chatted about how different we would live our lives if we were reminded regularly, of the rescued reality we live in.