by Ivor Powell

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God's Third-Class Passengers (26 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
Mark 1:30-31

One day when people traveled widely by stagecoach, a man went to purchase a ticket. He was asked if he wished to travel by first, second, or third class. He looked at the coach to ascertain that all the seats were identical and decided to travel third-class. As the coach rolled along the dusty road, he rejoiced over the way he had saved money. Other people who had paid more were no better off than he. As they approached a steep hill the horses decreased their speed, and the coach came to a halt. The driver jumped down from his seat, opened the door, and said, "First class passengers, keep your seats; second class passengers, get out and walk; third class passengers, get behind and push!"

There are many hills along the road of life, and the church needs members who will "get behind and push." Many people see the blue skies of promise and appreciate the scenery, but unfortunately they never use their muscles. They are content to let their fellow-passengers "get up, get out, and push!" Without the dedicated efforts of energetic Christians, the church "coach" would never move. It is interesting to consider the emphasis which the New Testament placed on the hands and arms of people healed by the Savior. If the eyes spoke of enlightenment and the feet as the means of walking with God, the hands suggested the service which might have been rendered to the Lord. Three notable examples invite investigation.

The Man Who Did Not Work (Luke 6:6)

"And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered." The author of the third Gospel was Luke, the beloved physician, and throughout his writings are evidences of authorship. As a doctor accustomed to making notes about his patients, he often included details which seemed insignificant. Here, he stated th ...

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