A few weeks ago, I was listening to a Christian radio station and the following story was shared. A young woman was just finishing supper one night when she heard a loud crash outside her small, two-bedroom home. Rushing outside, she discovered that an elderly gentleman had fallen asleep at the wheel and had crashed into the maple tree in her front yard. Steam was billowing from the hood and she could see the man slumped over the steering wheel of his sedan, obviously unconscious. There was blood running from the cuts on his face, apparently caused by glass from the shattered windshield. The young woman started feeling queasy, but she calmed herself with knowledge she had gained from her CPR certification. She remembered the instructor telling her that if she put her head between her knees, she wouldn't faint.

Friends, there are people all around us who have fallen asleep at the wheel of their lives and crashed into trees of sin. They are dying, for Jesus says that "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). How are we responding? Are we hiding our head between our knees, trying not to faint and hoping that someone else will come along and share Jesus with those around us? Or are we following the counsel of Paul, who told Timothy to "study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15)? We each know at least one person who needs to have a better relationship with Jesus. Will you use your knowledge to hide from the world or to share life with someone who is dying?

Choosing to share life,

Pastor Sutherland

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