The Parable of the Pit

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. (Zechariah 9:11)

Some years ago, I heard something called The Parable of the Pit. It goes something like this: 

A man is walking along and falls into a deep pit. Its too deep for him to jump out of, the walls of the pit impossible to climb. How will he get out of the pit?

A self-righteous person comes by and says, Only bad people fall in pits. You must be a really bad person, to fall in a pit like that.

A philosopher passes by and says, Youre not really in a pit. You only think you are.

A politician passes by and says, The new program Im proposing will eliminate pitfalls like yours in the future.

A county inspector passes by and says, Do you have a permit for that pit?

A pessimist passes by and says, Youll never get out of that pit. And it looks like it might start raining.

An optimist passes by and says, Make the most out of your pit. Maybe you could decorate it or something.

An engineer passes by and says, The pit you are in is 20 feet deep, 15 feet wide, and 25 feet long.

A psychologist passes by and says, How does being in that pit make you feel?

A preacher passes by and says, I want you to notice three things about your pit: Its a deep pit, its a dark pit, and its a dirty pit.

A self-pitying person says, You think youre in a pit, you should see my pit.

But then Jesus saw the man in the pit, and He took him by the hand and lifted him out.

We dont have the ability, on our own, to rescue anybody from a spiritual pit. But Jesus does. Thats the message of the gospel.

In her book, Loved by God, Liz Curtis Higgs suggests three questions that pit people ask God:

(1)     God, are you strong enough to lift me out of this pit? Ive got lots of baggage and excess weight. Are you sure you wont drop me on the way to the top.

(2)     God, are you brave enough to get me out of this pit? Other people have tried, but theyve given up when theyve seen how messed up I am.

(3)     God, do you love me enough to get me out of this pit? Because Im afraid that when you find out what Im really like, you wont love me so much, and youll let me go.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ answers each of these questions with a loud and audacious: YES.

Praise God for sending His Son, Jesus, to deliver us by dying on the cross to pay for our sins. Jesus saves everyone who asks Him and gives them complete forgiveness and eternal life.

Salvation is Jesus reaching down and rescuing us from the pit and setting us free.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!