Sunday, May 15, 2011

Throw out the Lifeline

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.  Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.  -Psalm 25:14, 15 (KJV) 

A number of years ago Andrea and I were taking a vacation at Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky.  One day we drove to the nearby town of Stanton because we heard about a restaurant there which was known for its great food.  As we were driving around trying to find the restaurant we saw a sign by the side of road which said, “Big Yard Sale Today at Thelma Smith’s House.”  We had a good laugh over the sign.  Apparently, everyone in this small town knew Mrs. Smith and where her house was located.  Those of us who were not from around there were simply out of luck. 

Let us never assume people know who Jesus is and what he has done for us.  Countless people in the world today are like those reading the yard sale sign.  They don’t know Jesus and they have no idea how to get to Him.  As Christ’s followers it’s up to us to take time to show them the way and let them know how they can find salvation through the Lord.  Often we make the assumption that the person we are talking to knows Jesus Christ as Savior.  In reality, the person may have never trusted Christ at all.  We then have the opportunity to let them know about the new life found in Christ and how through Him we are given salvation and a brand new start. 

As we go throughout our daily lives we are to be shining Jesus’ light to a lost and hurting world.  People all around us are struggling their way along without the grace, peace, hope, and spiritual power Christ offers.  Imagine passing by a river and seeing a person in the water drowning and crying for help.  Right beside us is a life preserver attached to a lifeline.  The least we can do is toss the life preserver out to them so the person will have the opportunity to take hold.  Jesus Christ is the life preserver and the lifeline.  We are called to share Him with others at every opportunity.   

Jesus called us to go and make disciples.  Consider all of the people you know who are hurting and in need of Christ’s love.  Pray for them, reach out to them, and let them see the love of Christ in you.  Be His witnesses.  Shine His light.  Tell them Jesus is the Savior. 

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