A Well-known Story Revised

I have heard a story many times during different sermons that just inspired me. I can’t remember all the details, so I’ll do the best I can. Supposedly there was a man who was driving his car along a major highway. When he topped a hill, he noticed that the bridge was out in front of him. Somehow he managed to stop before going over the edge, turned around, and went back to try to stop other drivers before they drove off the bridge (which would undoubtedly end in death). He tried and tried to wave and yell at drivers trying to communicate the problem to them. The only problem was that nobody would listen to him.

I always assumed that this story was aimed at people who needed Christ in their lives and were facing that death themselves. They need to listen to those who are trying to communicate a serious problem to them. About a week ago, I saw the story in a different light. I pictured myself as the man who was working furiously to warn others about the danger. Wouldn’t it be ridiculous if the man said things like these?

“They are too busy for me.”
“They are obviously in a hurry.”
“I might look foolish.”
“What if I don’t say it the right way?”
“What will they think?”
“I will tell them later.”
……Add any excuse here.

All these things seem like silly things to even think of when somebody is heading in a path that leads to (spiritual) death. The urgency of the message to be given overrides any available excuse! So what if they are in a hurry or we may be perceived as fools. We need to get out there and try with sincere faith and love regardless! There are lives to be saved!!!

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