I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been watching a medical drama series, Code Black. It centers on the lives of the people working in a very busy, urban emergency room. In the final episode, one of the key characters, a doctor, says, “I’m in the business of saving lives.” Then she adds that actually, all of us are, and she’s right.
That’s especially true for Christians. The book of James says:
“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20
Right now, due to the pandemic, we’re very focused on saving physical lives. We’re willing to wear masks, practice social distancing, reschedule meetings (and even worship services) to Zoom or Facebook, put up plexiglass barriers and more, because we want to keep people safe. We’re worried about not only our own health and the health of our loved ones, but the health of complete strangers. That’s laudable, but wouldn’t it be nice if we were as concerned about the spiritual health of others? Shouldn’t we all be in the business of saving lives, not just for today, but for eternity?
We’ve posted a lot this month about the uncertainty of life, and the need for faith. None of us knows when our physical life will end. Yet people in our own communities and neighborhoods are in danger of eternal death — are we willing to tell them about Jesus to prevent this?
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” Romans 10:14
While we still have breath, it’s not too late. Be in the business of saving lives.