Every so often I will come face to face with a crisis. Usually, its a mom or dad not paying attention to their children, wondering off into trouble. Sometimes I become the good Samaritan, reaching out just in time to prevent an accident or fall. Unfortunately, this is rare, often consumed with my own life, oblivious to everything else around me. Thus, I’m not ready to jump in.
A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross, Mark 15:21.
One Friday morning, a man was minding his own business, possible thinking about what he was going to do over the weekend. Suddenly, commotion from the crowds standing along the street peeked his curiosity. Going over to see what was going on, a soldier called out, demanding his help. Though its unclear if he was a willing participant, Simon jumped into action, carrying a cross for a pitiful soul, full of blood, bruises and open flesh.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil, Ephesians 5:15-16.
The term Christian was first derived in the town of Antioch. Faith wasn’t just a spoken word. Rather, the followers of Jesus displayed the same love, peace and servanthood of their former leader. Pleasantly surprised by these acts, citizens began to say, “hey, you must be one of those Christ followers?” Overtime this phrase was condensed to simply Christian. In view of this historical fact, may you be compelled to jump into action, following in the footsteps of Jesus, 1 John 2:6.
by Jay Mankus