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Would You Have Stopped?

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Published on: October 30, 2017

When you look around at the state of our world today, it’s a sad state.

The majority of men and women in our nation today have become lawless in some shape or form.

People, for the most part, look out for themselves and it seems like things are getting worse.

When it comes right down to it, do you truly look out for your neighbor the way you look out for yourself? (Luke 6:31)

Do you hold the heart of Christ when it comes to reaching others?  It’s something to think about.

I recently read a story on Facebook of a man who pulled over to help a woman who was next to a bridge and appeared to be suicidal.

He went out to help her and, of course, notified the police, but while he was waiting for the police to arrive and was speaking with the girl who was weeping, he also waited for somebody else, anybody else, to stop.

People who were driving by could obviously see that there was something wrong and that this woman needed help, but nobody except this one man stopped to do anything about it!

The really sad part about it was that this man said in his post that if this woman would’ve jumped off the bridge and died, then motorists would have stopped to take a picture, but to help her out, in order to save her life, no one but this man would do it.

How about you?  Would you have stopped?

It’s a great analogy when you take this lesson into the spiritual realm, as well.  All around you, people are literally dying every day, about to jump off the bridge, so to speak. They are helpless, hopeless, abused, hurting, and yet do you take the time to stop and even think for five minutes about the world around you?

Have you looked into the eyes of that co-worker of yours that seems so empty and helpless?

Have you seen that kid on your son’s basketball team who has no father and appears to be lost?

Have you reached out to your neighbor who has parties every night in his garage and you know he’s completely lost, but you’ve not lifted one finger or opened your mouth to say or do anything about it?

Do you really love your fellow man?

Your actions will tell me if you do.

Charles Spurgeon, that great “Prince of Preachers,” once said, “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!”

Do you really, truthfully, even have a desire for the lost?

If not, then I would question your own salvation.

The Bible says in Philippians 2:12 to “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

You might be the only one in someone’s life who will be courageous enough and love them enough (By your demonstration), to reach out to them and tell them the truth.

For some people, they need a hard tough love that gets in their face and shakes them to their very core. For other people, who are already broken on account of their sin (I John 3:4), they need grace (Law to the proud, grace to the humble).

As the Bible says in Psalm 51:17-19, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

The point here is… would you have stopped for your fellow man?

Have you really ever stopped in your life to truly help someone else?

What are you doing for others?

Are you so absorbed in your own life and your own family that you have failed to do what Jesus told you to do?

Are you seeking and saving that which is lost? (Luke 19:10)

“And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

Is that what you’re doing?

Don’t be like the thousands of people who drove by the woman in this real-life situation, who knew something was wrong and yet chose to ignore it and literally do nothing about it.

Be like the one man who stopped and quite possibly saved this woman’s life.

Who knows what she might become or who she might reach or what Christ might use her life for because one person cared enough to stop.

He did something about this lost and hurting woman he saw.

Let this be a lesson to all of us to not ignore our conscience, but let us ever be pricked always in our hearts to reach out to those around us and to seek and save that which is lost.

Why? Because we love the Lord (I John 3:18) and we are grateful for the sacrifice of what Jesus did for us on the cross and because of that, we want to go out and do the same.

 

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