There was an interesting article about the USS Boston, an attack submarine which composes part of the United States’ naval fleet. Submarines form an integral part of our defenses because of their ability to avoid detection. Radar penetrates the ocean depths imperfectly. Even if the Soviets, in time of war, knocked out all out bombers, they would tread lightly knowing that heavily armed submarines could still penetrate their territory.
In order for the submarine to fulfill its function, one thing is necessary; it must remain submerged, sometimes for two or three months, in order to keep its location secret. This may not sound so bad until one considers that the craft is only 360 feet long and 32 feet wide. In this small space, the Navy must pack a twelve-year fuel supply, a bulky mix of weaponry, and enough food to serve about 15,000 meals per month.
Clearly, someone or something has to make sacrifices in terms of space. Who does this? The crew, that’s who. Nine men share each tiny cabin, and each man must store all his personal goods in a 2 1/2-inch space beneath his bunk!
All of this sounds awful, but re-enlistment figures are high among submariners. Obviously, these brave men have decided that if giving you and me freedom of movement throughout fifty states means confining their lives into 2 1/2 inches, they will make that sacrifice.
God’s church is like that. She is the ultimate weapon against Satan, but manning her requires that we cram the narrow hours of our days with weapons of spiritual warfare, the fuel of prayer and worship, and the food of Bible study. Sometimes, this leaves a bare 2 1/2 inches for personal desires. We must make some major sacrifices to trim our live’s for God’s service.
Isn’t that what Philippians 2:5-11 says Jesus did? He “emptied himself, taking the form of a bond servant.” If Jesus could cram the glory of God into six feet of flesh for our freedom, surely we can sacrifice some personal privilege to “set at liberty them that are captive.” The time of decision is at hand.
From The Fountian