A few years ago I came across a music video program. It was playing Nickelback’s song “Savin’ Me”, which I like, so I decided to sit back and watch it. What I watched was intense. I came in towards the end of the video. After it was over, I immediately ran to the computer and went to a page where I could watch the whole thing. What I saw, for some reason, really struck me and got me thinking. It was one of those speechless things. I didn’t know what to say but “wow!”
It starts out on a busy street corner. This bum is just meandering around. Then you see another guy wonder on talking on his phone. The bum is looking at something over this guy’s head. Then he starts running for the guy. The guy steps out onto the street, not paying attention, and the bum pulls him back on the sidewalk just as a bus goes flying by. Then the bum walks off and this guy starts looking around. You see him looking above other people’s heads, waving his hand over them, as if he’s seeing something they can’t and trying to see if it’s real. Finally you see what he’s seeing. He is seeing numbers over the people’s heads. It’s easy to tell that the numbers represent the seconds these people have left in their lives. So he’s walking around, seeing how much longer people have to live. He even watches the seconds wind down on an old woman being loaded into an ambulance. He looks in a window, but can’t see his own time. At the end, he is watching this woman walk to her car. He can see that she only has seconds to live, and knows something must be wrong with her car. He runs up and pulls her away from her car just as a huge statue thing someone was loading way above a building falls on her car. As he walks away from her, she looks around. She can now see numbers above people’s heads.
Can you imagine? Knowing how much longer other people had to live, but not knowing how much longer you had? Knowing you could possibly save lives if only you knew how much longer you had to save them? What would you do with that? And how would you handle knowing when everyone else’s time is coming, but not your own?
This video really got me thinking. The truth is, we can’t see numbers over other people’s heads. They can’t see numbers over our heads. None of us knows how much longer we have on this earth. It could be a few more minutes. It could be fifty or more years. What are you doing with your life? Is your life safe? Not your physical life. I mean your spiritual life. And, most importantly, are you trying to make other people’s spiritual lives safe? You don’t know when your friend or family’s time is anymore than you know your own. Why take the chance?
The guy in the video had a choice. He could see the numbers. He could choose to save the people he could. Or he could choose to walk away and let them die. He knew when their time was coming. We have that same choice. We may not know the time, but we know the after. We know what will happen if people die without God. We know what can save them, even though we don’t know their time.
Even though the guy in the video had a choice, I believe he also felt the responsibility. How much moreso should we? The video is a work of fiction. Hell is no fiction. There is a real Heaven, and there is a real Hell. So what are we doing about it?
“Show me what it’s like
To be the last one standing
And teach me wrong from right
And I’ll show you what I can be
Say it for me Say it to me
And I’ll leave this life behind me
Say it if it’s worth saving me”
CHALLENGE OF THE DAY: We all have people in our lives we know are not living for Jesus. The more I think about eternity, the more I realize it’s just that. Eternity. Forever. I dearly love my family and friends. I don’t want to spend forever without them. But what am I doing to help them find Him? What are you doing? You’re going to see people today – at work, at school, at church – who need to know the incredible love of the Savior. You may be the only Jesus they see. So when they look at you, what are they going to think of Him? Think about that today, and let all your actions be with that thought in mind.