I Shouldn’t Be Alive


There’s a TV show I used to watch called “I Shouldn’t be Alive”*. It was a documentary series that featured re-enactments of dramatic search and rescue operations. Each episode involved the story of someone who had gotten lost or injured in the wilderness and were rescued in the nick of time. What I found interesting is that when many survivors, (of the ones I watched), were asked what they attributed to their survival, they would almost always say it was due to good fortune, or a wonderful “stroke of luck”.

Many whispered prayers when they came to the end of their resources and had lost hope…so I wonder why they didn’t mention that maybe God had heard their prayers. Even so, would God and the concept of luck even be a compatible thought?

Some said their mental or physical ingenuity kept them alive. They tried everything they could, and it did keep them going, until even that did not ultimately save them. Each literally would have died, and true to the title of the series should not be alive.

I thought about that, and I couldn’t think of a more accurate phase to describe God’s own rescue of my life, because guess what – I shouldn’t be alive either.

I refer to Ephesians 2:1: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world, and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient”.

As mentioned in an earlier post, the word for “dead” in the Greek translation in this passage is the word “Netros” which means “a corpse”. (Stong’s concordance, P. 49, Greek Dictionary)

Because man is born in sin, he carries the wages of sin, which is death.  This death is described as a pre-existing condition – the condition of everyone since the Fall of man, except Christ Himself. We are walking spiritual corpses – spiritually dead while being physically alive. As such, we don’t even have the ability to save ourselves. This we remain, regardless of the efforts of good works, resources, smarts, or good behavior.

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Corin. 2:14).

But…praise God…

“…because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:5).

Unable, unwilling, undeserving, hopeless, dead, a corpse…

I’ll say it again. I Shouldn’t Be Alive.


Have you thought about the reality of your own spiritual condition?


*”I Shouldn’t Be Alive” title and trademark by Darlow Smithson Productions, a UK-based production.