Remembering 9-11: A Call for Heroes
- Tuesday, September 09, 2003
On September 11, 2001, the whole world was shocked by the pictures of commercial airlines crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Soon after the initial impact, we were subjected to the gruesome sight of people jumping to their deaths from the top floors of the 110-story towers.
But there were also heroes in this tragic story. Of particular note were the valiant firemen, policemen, rescue workers and citizens who rushed to rescue the victims-many of them losing their own lives in the process of trying to save others. Blood donors from around the nation quickly responded as well.
Even these heroic measures mirror the greatest act of love ever---Jesus Christ! Jesus said no greater love than this that a man lay down his life for His friends. Jesus, the greatest fireman, gave His own life to rescue perishing humanity from hell's flames. He, the greatest blood donor, gave his own blood so that we might live. Although the fates of many were sealed as the towers collapsed, rescue workers worked for days in the faint hope of finding some of their brethren alive beneath the chaos and rubble. These rescue workers became modern day heroes.
Likewise, the church needs similar heroes today. Heroes of the faith who are willing to risk their own lives to rescue the perishing at all cost. Every generation needs heroes-men and women we can look up to and emulate. The Bible is filled with stories of heroic believers who obeyed God and did mighty exploits in difficult situations. We are told to consider their faith and imitate their manner of life.
Window of Opportunity
Let us not miss our windows of opportunity. Paul said in 1 Cor. 16:9 that a "Great and effective door of opportunity has been opened unto me but the adversaries are many." We live in a great and exciting time in which we, the Church, must bring a message of hope.
Distractions, disappointments, discouragements and even temptations can be works of the adversary to keep us from what God wants us to do to be effective at this time. Distractions can be our love of comfort and ease or the cares and securities of this world.
Yet even that is being shaken to do as everything that can be shaken is being shaken as spoken of in Heb. 12:25-29. From Wall Street, the economy to the Church, our securities are being shaken. We must let go of those natural securities and turn to the Lord.
God can do exceedingly beyond all we can think or imagine. He's given us a great and effective door to reach many with the Gospel. Whatever door He opens, no man can shut. May we not have to look back and say weeks and months from now that the harvest is past; the Summer has ended and the people are still not saved (Jer. 8:20). We have the opportunity to bring a message of hope. Luke 21:13 is an encouraging picture that in the midst of challenges and world wide crisis we can "Let this be in occasion for our testimony."
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