In Cypress, Texas, the other day, Sheriff's Deputy Rick Johnson and his colleagues were going door-to-door, checking to see if anyone needed help evacuating. At one of the first homes he came to, Johnson discovered a family with two small kids, a baby, and a dog. Telling the parents to focus on getting together their IDs and money, he picked up the two kids and began wading through the waist-deep water, heading for a rescue vehicle. In order to keep the children from grasping the seriousness of the situation, the deputy joked around with them about having to swim and how cold the water was. It was then that one of Johnson's colleagues snapped the above picture, which has since gone viral. After loading the kids into the vehicle, Johnson helped the parents, carrying the baby and their dog, into the rescue vehicle and sent them toward a nearby shelter.
We could easily look at this photo and think to ourselves, "This guy didn't do anything special. This is his job, isn't it?" That may even be how Deputy Johnson feels. But in the eyes of the world, this man is a hero, a face of the many who are giving so much to help in a great time of need. You know, we have been given a job too, a rescue mission so to speak. When Jesus spoke the words of the great commission, commanding us to go make disciples of all nations, He didn't say anything about it being easy or glamorous. In fact, one of my favorite promises in the Bible is found in the book of Psalms, "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him" (Psalm 126:6). Sharing the gospel is tough. People may not always appreciate the value of the gift Christ offers. Those who actually share the gospel and baptize large numbers of people are looked upon as heroes, Christian celebrities. But honestly, they're just doing their job. Don't you think it's time we did ours? If we do, we shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing those we have brought to Christ with us!