The Rescuers (Acts 16:17)

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You’ve taken up spelunking (the sports or pastime of exploring caves), and you’re busily exploring an interesting cave. You check out the tunnels and pathways for hours, wandering deeper and deeper in to the unfamiliar darkness. Others outside, realizing you must be lost, send someone to rescue you. Suddenly you hear a voice calling your name.

The rescuer greets you, saying, “Follow me, I know the only way out.” You protest, “How can you say there’s just one way? There must be others.” The rescuer replies, “I’ve explored this cave and you must go my way or you’ll never get out.” “You’re too narrow,” you reply. “I’ll figure it out myself.”

It sounds foolish, but that’s the way some people respond when you mention that the only way to get to heaven is through faith in Christ. You would expect them to say, “Wow! Thanks for the good news! Instead, you might get a reaction similar to that of the cave explorer: “Leave me alone. I don’t believe that one-way business.

A rescuer loves, cares, and risks his well-being for others. The apostle Paul was a rescuer who was thrown in jail for trying to spread the good news (Acts 16:23). People won’t always receive our rescue attempts with open arms, but that must not stop us from showing the way. Be a rescuer! – Dave Branon

Some people do not like to hear

That Jesus is the only way,

But we must still proclaim that truth

So they will follow and obey. – Sper

Those who are lost need someone to who them the way.

  • March 18, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread

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