Jump On The Tracks

D.C. SubwayIn his blog, Arron Chambers, a preaching minister at a ginormous church in Florida, wrote a nice piece on Wesley Autrey, the guy from New York who jumped on the subway tracks to save an 20-year-old who was having a seizure and fell in front of an oncoming train.

Chambers starts by saying, “An amazing thing happened today: Wesley Autrey saved a stranger.” One witness said, “So he covered him with his body and pushed him down to a point where the train wouldn’t hit his head and held him under the tracks while the train came and rolled right over the top of them.”

Had Autrey not covered this young man, he most certainly would have died. Had Autrey stopped to think too long, it would’ve been too late. Had he deliberated about the wisdom of taking the risk with his two daughters, it would’ve been too late. Had he pondered the possibility of being sued were he not successful in his rescue attempt, it would’ve been too late.

Thankfully, we serve a God who didn’t think twice. His single-minded focus on living for our sakes motivated His willing death on the cross. He flung himself over us to cover our sin… willingly… lovingly… deliberately.

Were the body of Christ just a little more willing to take seriously its call to sacrificial living, we would have a hard time finding space in the pews on Sundays. We’d be looking for extra parking. We’d need to hire extra staff. We’d be pleading for nursery workers and Sunday School teachers.

One of my favorite songs of all time that always gets me worked up is Steve Camp’s “Run to the Battle,” where he says, “Some people wanna live within the sound of chapel bells / I want to run a mission a yard from the gates of hell / And with everyone you meet, I’ll take ‘em the gospel and share it well / Look around you as you hesitate, oh, another soul just fell / Let’s run to the battle!”

May we risk more, sacrifice more, and put ourselves on the line more in 2007… before it’s too late.

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3 Responses

  1. Sacraficial living would preclude the need to ask for Nursery workers and Sunday School teachers. People would be looking out for the interest of others.

  2. Loved the story … loved it almost as much as your word “ginormous” … now that’s a cool word. I’ll have to work that one in to a sermon somewhere. 🙂

  3. I like your blog. I’m adding it to my favorites. I like the way you write. Keep it up!

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