I'm sure most of you recognize these three letters put together like this-"S.O.S." For many years "S.O.S" had been used as an international distress signal. I had heard and thought of several possible meanings for the letters "S.O.S.", so I did a little research. As it turns out, they don't mean anything. Those letters were chosen because of their Morse Code entries. Both letters were a series of three. Also, it seems that with the advent of GPS tracking and wireless communication, "S.O.S." was officially replaced as the international distress signal in February 1999.
However, I want to submit to you that these three letters do have a meaning, and it is a distress signal. As Christians, we have something special. While our lives are not perfect, we have a hope and a peace that those without Christ long to have. All around us are friends, neighbors, relatives, and acquaintances who are dying. They are dying spiritually because of the sin in their lives. They are dying because they are held firmly in Satan's grasp. They don't know the peace that serving Jesus brings. They don't know the hope being a Christian gives that lets us see past the troubles of today and focus on the glories of Heaven to come.
All around us are people who are in distress. They are dying and need our help. For the next year, I want to encourage you to practice an "S.O.S." - Save One Soul. Jesus said in Matt. 9:37, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few." The harvest is truly plentiful for us today. There are many people right here in our community who need Jesus.