In a book I’ve been reading by Billy Graham he writes, “I once saw a cartoon of a man rowing a boat toward a golden shore labeled ‘heaven.’ All around him were men and women struggling in vain to reach the shore and safety, but he was heedless of their peril. He was singing, ‘I am bound for heaven, hallelujah!’ That is not an adequate picture of the Christian life.”
He made a completely different point out of this in his book, but the picture of this I have in my head strikes me hard. How many of us are going about our daily lives with no regard for the others around us suffering, struggling, trying to catch a breath, crying out for a Savior? We think “hey I’m good I know where I am going.” What if the people around us are struggling to get there, what if they don’t know The Way, what if you’re the only person in their path who does know? Wouldn’t you get out of the boat and help them? Isn’t that what Jesus would do? Wasn’t the great commission all about that? We steer so clear of controversy sometimes, and I’m speaking to myself at times, that we forget to share The Way. The Way is controversial but it should be the one thing we aren’t afraid to share. It is the single most important information we can give to others. Stop your boat for a second, look around, who’s sinking, who needs a hand, who needs The good Word?
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.”
Blessings in the sharing,