"Jesus wants us to drop our schedule, put aside the expectations placed on us by today’s society, and walk out onto the sidewalk to place our arms around the people of this earth who are dying."
So I read an article this afternoon on the Sky News App on my phone and it got me thinking and appears to have finally given me the inspiration I've been looking for to jump on the bandwagon and start my own blog!
The story was from the US and was about a bus driver who appears to have helped to save a woman’s life. The driver was working at the time, had a bus full of passengers and like any other normal day was driving from stop to stop, just trying to stick to the schedule given to him. Rather unexpectedly, whilst driving over a bridge, the driver spotted a woman who was stood on the wrong side of the railings looking at the busy road below. In the heat of the moment, the driver stopped the bus, got out and went over to talk to the woman. The CCTV on the bus captured the driver giving the woman a hug before sitting down with her on the side of the road.
After a short time, another lady turned up followed by the emergency services. The driver returned to his bus and was given a standing ovation by his passengers before he set off to complete his journey and head home.
This bus driver, just a normal guy, going about his normal everyday business, sticking to the schedule expected of him, when all of a sudden he was needed to play a part in saving someone’s life. He didn’t have to think twice about jumping out of his bus, and probably his comfort zone, he just saw a need and responded.
Surely as Christians, this is the role that Jesus intended for us to play when He gave us the great commission. Matthew 28:19 reads, ‘Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit….’.
John 3:16 tells us that Jesus came so that we would not perish but that we would have eternal life. By believing in Jesus, by following his teachings and trying to live a life pleasing to him, we are saving our own lives and will live for eternity in heaven with Him. The calling, given to us from Jesus is to ‘go to the people of all nations and make them His disciples’. It is our job, as believers in Christ, as people whose lives have been saved by the blood of Jesus on the cross, to get out there and save the lives of the people around us, those people who are stood on the wrong side of the railings.
Jesus wants us to stop the bus we are on. He wants us to drop our schedule, put aside the expectations placed on us by today’s society, and walk out onto the sidewalk to place our arms around the people of this earth who are dying. Jesus wants us to sit down with these people by the side of the road and He wants us to love these people as He loves us. Jesus needs us to get out there, get out of our comfort zones and play a part in saving people’s lives.
The bus driver on the news was just your average guy, driving his bus, minding his own business, when he saw a woman who needed saving. A woman, just about to take her own life, just about to die. We are living in a world full of people who are just about to die. We are living in a world full of people who are so wrapped up in their own desires, in the desires of this world, in the expectations set on them by the society that we live in and it is our job, as Jesus’ disciples to get out there and SAVE THEIR LIVES!