I am driving home on Highway 153. Ahead of me, on the shoulder of the road is a large red fire truck. The fire truck sits at an odd angle, with the rear bumper close to the ground. As I get closer, I see the heavy tow truck in front of the fire truck. The tow truck has lifted the front of the fire truck off the ground, and is preparing to haul it away. The firetruck broke down. Was it heading to an emergency? Were people desperate for it to bring help?
Are people waiting for you to arrive and help them? In Jude we are told, “have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh” (Jude 22-23). People we know are drowning in doubt. Some are being led to destruction by evil companions. Others are polluting their souls with immoral behavior. Followers of Jesus are intended to be people who help those in spiritual danger – similar to firefighters and other first responders. Do you see yourself that way – as a person God wants to use to save people who are struggling? Have you reached out to anyone lately who is in spiritual danger? How long will they have to wait?