A World of Bridges
A Bridge has many definitions; for the sake of our direction we will use only one. The description we are interested in is that “A Bridge is a pathway” that connects two or more items. In our story, these bridges are relationships in our lives that connect us to each other. We build bridges made of common interests, work situations, family, faith and of course love. There are others but these will do for our needs.
The most important bridge ever built is the cross of Christ. Jesus built a bridge between the Father of All to us making it possible for us to connect with the Father and all things spiritual. This bridge, as we shall call it, is the Salvation of the Cross or Christ and once we receive this gift we have access to a new life should we choose it.
2 Corinthians 4:3-6 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Who needs a bridge? Those who are lost as we were. They need a bridge from death to life. Family, friends, co-workers and strangers... literally everyone we meet. Being brokenhearted, rejected, or forsaken are emotionally devastating and there is no way back from this island except when someone builds a bridge. When we share the story of Jesus and the cross, we are building a bridge of life for the one who hears. These relationships or bridges can take a fair amount of time to build.
Hebrews 10:23-25 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.
The Bible explains and teaches us many things but sometimes it can seem crushing. The requirements of the law and the Word feel unreachable by asking us to have character and integrity we have never known in anyone. Assembling ourselves is such a very important part of this because the lost and newly saved need a place to be taken and those saved, need a place to be taught.
We need to be with people who have a 'like faith' to encourage each other, be there for each other, and be a living bridge for each other. We need to be a faithful member of a local church and fund its operation. If you believe in something you will give to keep it going and so there in your heart resides.
Philippians 4 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Finally, the bridges you build will also be your salvation. For as you have forgiven, you also are forgiven. You will safely cross on the bridges you build to reach others, as well. You too are rescued as you assist in rescuing others.