I suppose it’s to be expected that after sixty-plus years in ministry unrelated things often remind me of a spiritual principle or a scripture. A recent situation serves as a case in point. As I was driving to a nearby town, I noticed a highway sign that read, “RIDE SHARE AND SAVE”. I was definitely aware of the intended purpose of the message, but certain spiritual principles started coming to mind.
My thought process was something like this:
- First came the scripture, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 5:2, NKJV). I thought, “If I share my journey with Christ with others along the way, and if I help carry their burdens, I am fulfilling the law of Christ”.
- Then a second scripture came to my mind and made a connection, “Show mercy to those who doubt. Pull others out of the fire. Save them” (Jude 22-23, NIV). I need to be actively involved in helping win the lost to Jesus.
The spiritual lessons that came to me from that road sign are:
- As a Christian, I need to be aware of those around me with whom I can ‘Ride Share’. I can bear testimony to the Lord’s desire to be their burden bearer. He has been that for me and He wants to be that for others. “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19, NIV).
- As a Christian, I also need to be aware of those around me who are going the wrong direction. They are headed for the Judgement that will separate them from God and all that is good. I need to point them to the warning ‘signs’ the Lord has provided. I need to accept my God-given responsibility of being a ‘watchman’ and forewarn them (see Ezekiel 33). I have a role to play in saving them from destruction, and by doing so, save myself.
I often wonder how many signs (messages) the Lord has placed along my way that I have missed. Jesus said, “Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?” (Mark 8:18, NIV). The words of a hymn by Clara Scott expresses the prayer of my heart:
Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
A SIGN: RIDE SHARE AND SAVE
~ Brother Roy