At a Perth train station in Australia, “Mind the Gap” signs warn riders to beware of the gap between the train and the platform. One man, seen in a video that has gone viral this week, wasn’t so mindful. Not paying attention to “the gap,” he stepped right between the train and the platform as he was stepping on the train, and got his foot and leg stuck as the train was loading!
As the video shows, the driver was alerted and the train was stopped before anything terrible happened. What took place next has been called “Superhero Teamwork.” Dozens of commuters gathered at the side of the train and pushed the train to the side just far enough for the man to get his leg out!
Now, I don’t know how much that train weighed, but it is obvious that it was heavier than a few could handle. It took a large number of people, willing to take a moment to help someone else. I love this example of group-effort as a reminder that people are still willing to help out when 1) they see a need, & 2) they determine that there is something they can do about it.
We are told in Luke 16:26 that in eternity “there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.” In the church, there are millions of people who see the need and are willing to help. Sadly, though, many people they are trying to free from “the gap” would rather stay stuck in the danger of sin than be lifted to freedom!
Friend, consider your life. Are you in a rut? Have you realized that your life is headed in the wrong direction? Is there a nagging sense that there is something missing? Perhaps you are stuck in “the gap,” a most dangerous place. Or perhaps you know someone who needs a little “superhero teamwork.” Will you stop and help someone out of the gap today?
Don’t stay stuck in the gap all the way into eternity! Jesus has bridged the gap for us by shedding His blood on the cross for our sins. Believers everywhere are praying for you and are willing to help free you today. Get in touch with your local church of Christ today and ask for help!