To The Rescue
Friday, October 4, 2019
Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?’” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” John 4:31-34
In his booklet, Personal Evangelism 101, Brent Hunter tells the story of a little harbor town located next to a treacherous part of the ocean.
Boats frequently capsized on the rocks outside the harbor, leading the town to establish a team of brave rescuers. Whenever a ship capsized, a bell sounded, alarming this group of men to the danger. Without hesitation, these men would risk their lives to row out in the storm and rescue the sailors.
After a few years, the town collected money to build a rescue station near the shore to store all of their equipment, which made their rescue work easier. Special training was also offered to others who wanted to become rescuers. The operation became efficient, saving hundreds of lives from the raging waters.
But as time rolled on, comforts and conveniences were added to the building—cupboards full of food, a dining room, a lounge with stuffed chairs and recliners, and sleeping quarters. The lovely building became a club where townspeople would dine, play games, and socialize.
Soon, no one even bothered to respond to the bell. They were too comfortable in their new club to join a rescue team.
I hope that isn’t a reflection of our own lives today. Have we become so comfortable with our comforts that we have lost our desire to face the dangerous, yet rewarding task of evangelism? Have we lost our hunger for God’s mission?
In John chapter 4, Jesus has just shared the wonderful news of the gospel with a Samaritan woman, and she has raced back into town to tell everyone else. Unlike His disciples, He isn’t thinking about food and comfort at this moment. A bell has sounded; an incredible opportunity for revival and rescue is waiting; and He doesn’t miss it.
Look how the town responds to Christ’s message in verses 39-40:
From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.
Imagine that! One brief conversation with a thirsty Samaritan woman turned into the restoration of hundreds of Samaritans!
Where is your harbor today? An office? A factory? A market? A school? A hospital? Let me encourage you to listen closely for the bell. Be on the lookout for shipwrecked souls. Stay hungry for God’s mission.
Maybe you’ll lose a few hours at work in order to make that important phone call; maybe you’ll forego lunch to give money to that beggar on the street; maybe you’ll be late for an appointment because you stopped to talk with someone at the grocery store.
Whatever the case, live today as a servant on God’s rescue team . . . not as a member of a social club.