Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lessons from Captain Sully and Captain Phillips

By Allen White

So I am all the more anxious to send [Epaphroditus] back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and then I will not be so worried about you. Welcome him with Christian love and with great joy, and give him the honor that people, like him deserve. For he risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away. Philippians 2:28-30

Courage seems to be a rare, but much needed quality these days. We celebrate the courage of a pilot who carefully landed his ailing craft on the Hudson River. We honor the captain who willingly followed the demands of pirates and exchanged himself for the freedom of his crew. We are in awe of Navy Seals who took perfect aim on the rolling sea to liberate the boat captain. These men stand out for their calm under pressure.

Epaphroditus was a man like these. His resolve was to follow Christ regardless of the consequences. “He risked his life for the work of Christ.” Most of us will not face life-threatening circumstances regarding our faith. But, the question here is not only: “Would I die for Christ?” The other side of that coin is the question: “How will I live for Christ?” Both demand courage. Much of that courage is only as the Lord provides.

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