It was Shriya Shah-Klorfineâ€™s lifelongÂ dream to reach the summit of theÂ planetâ€™s tallest peak. For two yearsÂ she prepared for her climb. Carrying aÂ 20 kg backpack, she ran 19 km a day onÂ trails and hills near her home. She alsoÂ took karate, cardiovascular exercises andÂ rock climbing seriously. In 2012, with herÂ lifelong goal in sight, she mortgaged herÂ home to raise money to cover the costs ofÂ her expedition.
It must have been an exhilaratingÂ moment when Shriya reached the summitÂ of Mt. Everest, but tragedy was soon toÂ strike. The mountain was crowded withÂ climbers, causing delays in the dangerousÂ region known as the â€˜death zoneâ€™. TheÂ delay, coupled with a sudden storm andÂ trouble with her oxygen supply, took itsÂ toll on the 33 year old Canadian climber.Â On her descent, just 250 metres fromÂ Camp Four, Shriya perished. Her lastÂ words, â€œSave me,â€ headlined news storiesÂ around the world. She had realized thatÂ she wouldnâ€™t make it unless someone elseÂ was able to save her.
In a spiritual context, those same twoÂ words â€œsave meâ€ have great significance.Â Totally unrelated to this story, but relevantÂ to people on the spiritual journey of life,Â this cry for help makes the differenceÂ between perishing and being saved spiritually.Â Tragically, many well-intentionedÂ people add up the positives in their lives,Â hoping they outweigh the negatives. TheyÂ factor in their religion, their acts of charityÂ and their deeds of kindness. ConnectingÂ all the dots, their lives seem to be pointingÂ upwards and they are hopeful of reachingÂ the summit – Heaven.
The reality is no one can successfullyÂ reach the summit alone. Sin hasÂ disqualified and fundamentallyÂ compromised the ability of anyone onÂ earth to be accepted by God based onÂ their own ability or their own record.Â Godâ€™s Word is unmistakable. All haveÂ sinned and all, without exception, fallÂ below Godâ€™s standard of righteousnessÂ (Romans 3:23).
Have you realized that spirituallyÂ you are perishing because of your sins?Â Romans 6:23 says: â€œThe wages of sin isÂ death.â€ If you linger too long in your sinsÂ in the â€˜death zoneâ€™, you will perish. ThereÂ is no reason why your story should have aÂ tragic ending. Your immediate responseÂ should be: â€œIf thatâ€™s the reality, then I needÂ to be saved. Lord, save me!â€ Not only isÂ the Lord near to save you from your sinsÂ and from going to a lost Hell, but HeÂ wants to save you; and better still, He isÂ able.
Could the Lord Jesus Christ haveÂ expressed His love for you in strongerÂ terms than by dying on the cross andÂ taking the punishment that you deserve?
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