In his bestselling book called, Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer relates the hazards that plagued some climbers as they attempted to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Andy Harris, an expedition leader, stayed at the peak too long. On his descent, he became in dire need of oxygen.
Harris radioed base camp and told them about his predicament. He mentioned that he had come across a cache of oxygen canisters left by the other climbers but they were all empty.
The climbers who passed the canisters on their own descent knew they were not empty. They pleaded with him to make use of them but it was to no avail. Harris was starved for oxygen but continued to argue the canisters were empty.
The problem was that the lack of what he needed had so disoriented him that though he was surrounded by the thing that would give him life, he did not access it.
Many today complain about not having a fulfilling life–that something is missing in their life. The answer is right before them. Peter declared, “His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).
God’s Word is the oxygen that will give us spiritual life–with our spiritual lives in order, life has true meaning, and it is a life worth living. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
What the world needs is right before us in the New Testament–may we all partake of its life-giving flow.
(Heart to Heart)