Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 (NASB)
Standing in the 9/11 Memorial Museum was an emotional experience for me. The graphic images of the war-torn buildings and media coverage reminded of the day and where I was when the tragic event occurred. There were amazing stories of heroic men and women who gave their lives to attempt to rescue those that were stranded in the buildings. One such man, Welles Crowther, carried with him a red bandana every day, a practice he had learned as a small child watching his dad get ready for church. The bandana became a symbol of his close relationship with his father.
On the day of the attacks, Welles helped twelve people to safety and sacrificed his own life trying to get more out. Those rescued only knew him as "the man with the red bandana.” One of his bandanas is now on display in the museum as a reminder of his selfless acts.
This story pierced me because as I stood there I began to think of another Father who is an example to me. Even though I cannot see the battle raging on around me every day, I know it is there. Spiritually war-torn, in need of a Savior who is our only hope; I know the selfless act that my Father performed at the cross. And yet, how many times have I said, "Tomorrow I will share." "I’ll have time later."
Those phrases are so simple, but they carry with them the fact that I am unwilling to sacrifice my reputation. I don't want to rock the boat or offend anyone. Truthfully, it is an indication that I don't understand that any moment might be too late to tell that person about Jesus. Oh, when will I be willing to wrap myself in the Gospel for the sake of those dying around me? To have the courage to offend and to be hated for those that may come to know Christ. Will I be brave enough or love enough to sacrifice for those I call friend? Will I, like Welles, decide that those dying are worth the cost of my own life? Like him, it doesn't really matter if they know who I am, but only that they know who He is. For He is the only way to truly live.
You can learn more about Welles Crowther via this short documentary.
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Who has God placed in your life for the purpose of sharing the Gospel? Pray that God will give you the opportunity to tell them the "good news”. Be bold and speak the truth.
Father, please give me the courage today to be a messenger of the good news. Let me lay aside any selfishness and fill me with Your love for those who are in need of a Savior. Give me eyes to see them as You do Lord. May I wear the Gospel in a way that it speaks of my relationship to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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