TOPIC: The Bridge Builder
BIBLE TEXT: “For by grace you have been saved, and this is not of your own doing. It is the gift of God –not the result of works, so that no one may boast .” – Ephesians 2:8
I once read about a story of two brothers who lived on adjoining farms and fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in forty years of farming side by side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.Then the long collaboration fell apart.It began with a simple misunderstanding, grew into a major difference and finally exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.
One morning there was a knock on Jack’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. I’m looking for a few days work, the man said. Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you? Yes, said the older brother. I do have a job for you. Look across that creek at that farm.That’s my neighbor, in fact, he’s my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there’s a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll do him one better. I want you to build me a fence –an 8 foot tall fence so I won’t have to see his place anymore. That’ll show him. The carpenter said, I think I understand the situation. Show me that nails and the lumber and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you. The older brother provided the supplies and went about his business.
The carpenter began to work on the project. He worked all day but instead of building a fence,he built a bridge. When the older brother returned, the carpenter had finished the job. He looked but there was no fence at all. It was a bridge, a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other, a fine piece of work, handrails and all. In his state of confusion,he saw his younger brother coming across with his hand outstretched saying “You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.” The two brothers met at the middle of the bridge, taking each other’s hand and that was how the rift was resolved.
Beloved of God, Jesus is in the bridge-building business. He is the carpenter that builds the bridge of reconciliation between man and God. Through Jesus Christ,we have a bridge that is strong and secure. Nothing can tear it down.It can span any gulf. There is no problem so wide that the bridge cannot cross.This bridge is God’s grace. It’s God’s given solution to human problem. It’s not a toll bridge but a bridge that God has provided free-of-charge. It’s a bridge that is permanent, paid for and made eternally secure through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If there is ever a place, a situation, or a feeling that leaves us in worry or believing that life has no meaning, all we have to do is apply God’s grace and bridge over to a better, purpose-filled life.
I pray for you today:
Enjoy your weekend.
CHRIST IS THE ANSWER.
Yours in Christ,
Revd Dr. Bayo Sola Aremu
Yaba Baptist Church
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