The Firefighter Rescue Plan-How to call for help?
“No one takes it [My life] from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again” (John 10:18).
Let us consider a familiar story, but let’s do from the perspective of one who has become lost in the ‘fires of life’: A sudden and unexpected calamity occurs in our life and we rush in to prevent any further harm, without any thought of a back-up plan, for as firefighters we are trained to respond. Then the situation takes a turn for the worse and the world “collapses” around us. In this moment, we feel “pinned down” by the weight of this problem.
Our thoughts quickly turn to anger and our pride often prevents us from calling for help until it’s too late. The situation seems hopeless; every effort to save ourselves only worsens the problem. Anxiety begins to weigh heavy upon our hearts. The circumstances have paralyzed us and we fall upon our knees as we cry out in desperation to God: “Please save us!”
Take a moment and think about these words:
What if someone knew that in the future we would need to be rescued?
What if they knew that no matter how many people tried to save us that we still would refuse their help?
What if they knew that the only way to save us was to give up their own life for ours?
Even though at that very moment, we would never have asked for their help or admitted our need for their help, yet this person still chose to give up their life for ours. Why would anyone do such a thing?
Because that someone is God and He loves us more than we could ever imagine! He proved it to us through the sacrifice of His only Son Jesus Christ. Firefighters understand the power of sacrifice and we memorialize those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice so others may live; so why is it so difficult for us to understand what God has done for us?
God demonstrated His great love in this:
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Every firefighter wants to save a life. It is not any firefighter’s wish that anyone should die. So it is with God, He doesn’t want anyone to perish. The imagery is powerful, realistic, and it is true. God chose to save us before we asked. He answered the call of our heart that we refused to make. Many of us, including myself, only choose to call out in a moment of desperation. This is where many of us meet God. When there is no one else to save us, no back-up plan, no emergency fund, and no one to call. The plan from the very beginning was to save us all. As a firefighter, we understand the plan of redemption even if we aren’t a Christian. One who calls for help is saved by another that he or she has never met, and can never repay what has been done for them.
Does this sound familiar?
We who witness death and tragedy almost daily, should realize that each and every moment is a gift. One who witnesses the miracles of lives being saved, babies being born, and numerous moments of near death experiences; one would also theorize that they would also understand that there has to be a greater power at work behind all of this. We who rescue the lost also need to realize that the greatest rescue ever made has already been done on our behalf. God has made a way home, a personal rescue plan, just for us. His name is Jesus Christ. He will reach through our darkness, give us the breath of life, and bring us through the fire into the safety of His arms. He has thrown a ladder to the fiery window of our darkness and carried us in His arms to eternal safety.
Yet, many have become lost on their journey in the fires of life. It is not God’s plan for anyone to be lost but to be rescued. He is actively searching for us. His love pierces through the deepest darkness and his light shines through the most turbulent smoke. If only we would but call upon his name we will be saved. This is the 911 call of our soul:
Romans 10:13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Every citizen is taught from an early age how to call for help. They are taught to call 911 and they know that help is on the way. In our lives, we should not be afraid to call upon God to be saved. We should not be afraid to call out to Him for help and we should realize that He has placed a wonderful support group in our presence. If we would merely ask we know that He will answer for James 4:2 states “You have not because you ask not.”
Each of us will face moments in life that will be more than we can bear. It is not meant for us bear these burdens alone. In firefighting, we go in together and we fight together. We overhaul together and we get back in service together.
It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It is a sign of strength. Take the time and consider these words the next time that darkness surrounds you, or someone that you love, and you feel trapped:
“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
Notice something? “Your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” If those around us, that we place our trust in, are undergoing the same kind of sufferings than who better to talk to, to lean on, and to ask for help from?
Our rescue plan has been defined, the team has been deployed, and they are standing at the ready to help. May we call upon Jesus today and ask Him to save us from the fire. Ask Him into your heart. Ask for His forgiveness so you may be free. Be bold and ask Him to show you His plan for your life and be prepared for a life changing answer.
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries