January 10, 2019
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
From Our “Here”…
Have you ever wrapped a PB&J in aluminum foil? Or played with the stuff as a kid, molding it to your face to make a superhero mask? More than one junior high student has covered cardboard with foil in an attempt to make a solar parabolic heater for science fair.
Aluminum is pretty amazing stuff. (Or “aluminium.” The United States clings to its own pronunciation and spelling of the metal as fervently as it insists on feet and inches over meters, or morphs the world’s standard definition of “football.”) Aluminum is light, yet strong. It conducts electricity better than copper, yet is nonmagnetic. Corundum, an aluminum ore, is one of the hardest substances in the universe. It’s the source of rubies and sapphires.
Believe it or not, before the modern method of refining aluminum was discovered in the mid-1800s, the metal was more valuable than gold or platinum. Despite the fact aluminum is the Earth’s most common metal, and the third most abundant element behind oxygen and silicon, it is almost entirely bound up in a variety of ores. It was a long time before people figured out an inexpensive way to get at the metal itself.
…To God’s “There”
So what’s up with “aluminum foil faith”? Have you ever stopped to consider how abundant God’s love is, and yet how remote that love seems to so many people? On one level, God demonstrates a measure of His love to everyone just by giving us the gift of life and providing for us daily. But the love relationship He offers through His Son allows us to come to Him as true children.
Far too many people never take advantage of that gift. It’s as if they were looking for aluminum with pre-19th-century methods and just not finding any when, in reality, it’s all around them.
And far too many followers of Christ look at the gift of salvation like it’s today’s cheap aluminum foil, forgetting just how impossible it would be without Calvary.
These two ideas interweave in the Great Commission. The most remote unreached people group living at “the ends of the earth” is no farther physically from our omnipresent Creator than any one of us living immersed within the community of the saved. But they cannot overcome the gulf between their lives and His loving influence that their sin creates. That’s where obedient followers of Christ come in, proclaiming to the lost far and wide that Jesus Christ is the only One who can bridge that gulf.
Making the Leap
One of the most compelling motivations to share your faith is to remind yourself of the singular miracle that took place in your own life. To stop, on the one hand, taking for granted the immeasurable work of grace God performed in you and, on the other, stepping forward and doing whatever it takes to let others know that grace is intended for them too.