(This parallel came to me the same day that I had this spin-out, it made me think about how it can relate to people who haven’t yet come to know Christ, as well as people believe in Christ but are nervous to share about Him.)
One day, on my way to college, it was pretty slick out. It had snowed a lot the night before. I was driving on a five-lane main road, when I had to stop at a red light (while going down a hill). As I was slowing down my spun-out, and I found myself facing the now-oncoming traffic, which had previously been behind me. The first thirty seconds all that I noticed was that I was scared I’d be hit, or wouldn’t be able to turn around.
Then I looked around me again, and saw that there was a narrow driveway to the right of my car if I backed up about four feet. So I did just that, and entered the driveway God had provided. As I was trying to use this path, in an effort to turn myself around, I got a little stuck a couple of times, but in the end was able to use the route God had provided for me. I felt that God had definitely helped me out in this situation and rescued me from a possibly fatal accident. I went away from the situation knowing that God will continue to be with me no matter how tricky the situation may seem.
As I looked back at this situation later the same day, I realized that this spin-out could be considered a parallel for people who don’t believe in Jesus Christ, and also a parallel for those who feel they should share the Gospel with others but are fearful of possible outcomes.
I found this near accident to parallel pretty well with the lives of unbelievers and with what Jesus has done for all of us. The moment when I found myself turned around, facing fears and dangers, blind to that driveway; is like those who don’t yet know Christ. They face fears, dangers, and find themselves turned all around (meaning they’re living the opposite of how they’re meant to be).At first, that’s all they see too. Yet, if they are willing to pause and look around, they’ll see Jesus offers a solution they didn’t see before (just like with that originally un-spotted driveway). The reason for their blindness to His solution can be summed up in, 2 Corinthians 4:4 which says, “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”They don’t have to stay stuck facing the wrong way. They are able to take a step back and make a decision to take that narrow path, which includes the promise of salvation. It’s important for them to know, that this narrow path isn’t easy once they decided to take it, there’s bumps and such in the road. They might get stuck a couple of times, but Jesus is there and He guides everyone trying to follow him (just as I was sticking a few times trying to turn around, yet God still helped me to get through).
Once I’d gone and turned my car around, I felt joy, and was aware of the Lord’s presence even though the situation had been sticky for a little while. I knew that the Lord will always be there to help me through, whether the road is smooth or full of potholes. Just as unbelievers can find out after they become believers. If they’re willing to trust in Jesus, and to believe that He can save them from a death caused by their sins, then they are rescued and free! This salvation is confirmed for us through the verses of John 3:16-17, ” “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
As this story paralleled to unbelievers being able to become saved, so also it can be applied to Christians as well. Christians know what they are saved from and are grateful for that, but most unbelievers don’t know about it. There are Christians who want to share Christ’s Gospel with others, but are too nervous to do so. My fear of those oncoming cars parallels with the fears many Christians have when they are being confronted with the opportunity to share the Gospel. The many cars represents the different fears or excuses that we come up with for holding back. We are encouraged to share the Gospel, in 2 Timothy 1:6-7 where it says, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Furthermore, we know that there’s nothing we really need to fear when we remebmer Hebrews 13:6, “So we can confidently say,“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear;what can man do to me?” Yet, God always provides an opportunity, and will give us boldness to speak if we allow Him to lead us down the narrow path, to accept what He’s enabling us to do. Jesus tells us it won’t be easy, but He’s gone through what we have, and is with us through it all. The Holy Spirit guides us, like how after a few attempts I was able to make it out of that driveway and along the road, going in the right direction. Likewise, the opportunity will come along, and although those we attempt to share the Gospel with may argue with us, or be resistant, in the end the only thing we can do for them is leave Christ’s message with them. It’ll be up to them whether to accept Christ and his salvation or not, we are just asked to introduce them to Him.
We can walk with those who are close to us, or whom we know, that are trying to get to know Jesus and His message. We can drive down that road with them part of the way, but they need to make the decision of whether to turn off the road onto a new road, or keep going down the road in the same fashion they’ve been going the whole way. If we don’t know them very well, then at least we spoke to them about Christ and they have a chance to become saved. Knowing this, we really don’t have a good reason not to share the Gospel with others, but we let fears of persecution or scrutiny, as well as excuses like what if they don’t listen or I say the wrong thing, get in the way. It’s a personal decision.
This is a final encouragement and confirmation for you to consider, which I found, it is Romans 8:13-17 “3 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[f] of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”