My kids have been at the beach all week. They went down last Friday with my mom. The dear husband and I had a lot of work to do to clear the rest of the stuff out of our old house and get it into storage. Then, for me, a short beach vacation with my mom and kiddos.
As I was driving down Veterans Highway, just minutes from my destination, I passed a truck pulling a pontoon boat. Now, you need to know, I am amused by the simplest things. Today, that simple thing was a shiny metal rotor on the engine of that boat. As the boat was being zipped down the highway, that little silver rotor was turning like crazy. Like a child drawn to a pinwheel, I simply couldn’t keep my eyes off of it!
As I watched the rotor twirl in the wind, I thought about the fact that it wasn’t really moving the way it was supposed to, it was simply going along with the flow. I know that, as soon as the truck stopped, the rotor would quit turning. You see, it had no power. Without the engine running, it was nothing more than a pretty bauble for passers-by to gaze upon.
It made me think of some folks I’ve known. You’ve probably known some of these folks too. They find a church they like. They get involved and attend every time the door opens. They are swept along with the flow of programs and fellowship dinners. They make their way down to an altar and begin to claim Christianity. Then, something happens. Life throws them a curve ball. And the next thing you know, this once “on fire Christian” slips away from the faith. Sometimes, they even denounce God and church and Christianity altogether. And we’re all standing around scratching our heads wondering what happened.
Well, I think I know what happened. I think those folks were like my shiny silver rotor today. They were grabbed by the hand by a well meaning Christian and led through the steps of “getting saved,” and swept along in the current of church busyness. They were doing everything right. Except they were missing something. The thing. Power. The power that can only come through a true relationship with Jesus.
Now, does this mean we quit doing altar calls? Or quit putting new members to work? No, not necessarily. I think what it means is that as believers, we need to make sure we’re introducing people to Jesus, not just telling them about Him. Because when life falls apart and they need a hand to hold, ours just won’t be enough. They need to know Jesus themselves so they can call on His name for themselves!
Now…go out there and introduce some people to Jesus!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them.