Have you ever stuck your fingers together with superglue? Ugh…
But as irritating as it is, eventually you can get your fingers pried back apart. A lot of people use nail polish remover, but you can also keep running really warm water over your fingers and soon it will disintegrate the glue. However it’s still a pain – and even more so when you get the glue on the carpet or some important papers!
I’ve even read a few articles which talk about how to get your lips superglued apart! Haven’t done that before, although maybe it would help me follow James 3:6 better?
The bottom line: Superglue isn’t really that super-a-glue at all, is it?
According to Google, people have figured out how to get free from all types of what appear to be impossible situations:
- Handcuffs – got a bobby pin handy?
- Ropes – tense up your muscles before you’re bound
- Buried Alive in a Coffin – start knocking and yelling
- Chained up inside a Sealed Water Tank – call Houdini
Now thankfully, I’ve never been in situations such as the above (sitting in the backseat of a police car when I was a teenager was scary enough). And, the most important thing to remember is to try and not panic.
Definitely easier said than done.
But did you know there’s one strong bind that’s impossible to escape from? There is!
Here’s what Colossians 1:15-17 says (AMP):
[Jesus] is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation.
For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones; dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.
And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together). [Emphasis mine]
The book of Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul – who used to murder Christians! Yet after his dramatic conversion while traveling on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9), Paul’s entire outlook on true Christianity was forever altered. He discovered that even though he was branded a murderer of Christians, now he was forgiven, safe and secure in the arms of his Lord – forever! He was absolutely convinced that nothing could separate him from God (Romans 8:38-39).
Jesus Himself makes it very clear in many other passages of Scripture that His binds which hold us to Him cannot be broken or escaped from once we surrender into His loving arms. Here’s two more:
- John 10:28. No one can ever snatch us away from Him.
- John 6:35-40. We will never be rejected or lost by Him – and once we leave this earth, we’ll live with Him forever!
It breaks my heart when I hear Christians who are still worried they might mess up “once too often.” I’ve even heard well-meaning Bible teachers who teach that! However it’s simply not true. We must believe what the Bible says about our salvation – God does not lie and play silly mean games with us.
All this being said, the key is true faith. You cannot sit on the fencepost and play a little bit with the world, and a little bit with the church. You must make a decision that you wish to follow Jesus, and then do it!
And once you surrender – admitting to God that you’re a sinner and wish to turn your life over to Him – you and He will be attached forever. You will be adopted into God’s own family, and even though you mess up daily (at least I do), your sins will no longer be held against you.
I love that assurance, and I love that I know He’ll never discard me!
Are you superglued?