Come Along and See!

There was a time when I used a “come-along” almost every day. This versatile little hand winch finds a thousand uses in farming and ranching country. Frankly, I don’t recall thinking about this trusty device for many years now.

A recent conversation between fellow soccer parents did, however, bring it to mind. Between break away’s, we were discussing floods and hurricanes. One of the parents related to another how she and her husband cleared fallen trees from their driveway, following a recent hurricane.

“How’d you move that big tree trunk out of the way?” her friend asked.

“It was simple.” the woman replied. “Well, it was simple after one of our neighbors loaned us his—what do you call that thingy, Honey?”

“A come-along,” he said, trying to concentrate on the game.

With a nod, her friend signaled she understood. All eyes returned to the soccer drama unfolding on the field. Mine too, but my mind was more than a thousand miles away reliving an amalgamation of youthful experiences.

I was in a field down by the river, pulling on the lever of a come-along. I was causing a heavy piece of equipment to do what would be impossible without this incredible little winching devise in my hands.

My thoughts then sped further back in time. I could see Simon’s brother Andrew. He was excitedly racing up to him exclaiming, “We have found the Messiah!” He continued, “Come along with me and see for yourself.” Upon concluding that Jesus was the Messiah, “the first thing Andrew did was find his brother Simon and tell him” this Good News.

This same process repeated itself the next day. After Philip concluded Jesus was the “one Moses wrote about,” he immediately found Nathanael. He urged him to “come and see” that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah.

At some point after this, it occurred to me: Christians are supposed to be “come-alongs”. We serve as a link between God and those heavy objects which are often difficult to set in motion—people who need to move closer to God. We are a device in God’s hands which, through gentle—but, relentless—ratcheting draws people closer to Him through the Messiah. As Andrew connected his brother to the Christ—as Philip connected his friend Nathanael to Christ—so, also, should modern-day Christ-followers be connecting others to Him!

This is precisely what happened in the life of practically every believer. Someone knowingly, willingly and determinedly placed his or her life in the hands of God and said, “Use me to connect others to you, Lord.”

This is another way of looking at our great commission. We are not told to tell people to go to Jesus. Indeed, we are to be a people on the go, making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). To borrow from another metaphor Jesus employed to impress this lesson on our hearts, we are to be fishers of men, not keepers of aquariums.

Through our talking, our teaching and our taking the message of Christ to the world, we are to be the connecting link between fellow humans and our God. Our friends, relatives, acquaintances and neighbors—everyone in our sphere of influence—should, by virtue of their “connection” with us, find a connection with God. The consistent message they should hear from each of our lives and our lips is “Come along with me and see for yourself!”

© Bill Williams

June 6, 2006

 

 

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7 Responses to Come Along and See!

  1. Deb says:

    What a great analogy! I want one of those!!

    I looked up your Wikipedia link on the come-along. The first quote illustrates how our connections to one another can become redundant and broken if we fail to even the burden, or more positively, a great task, amongst us.

    Quote 2 indicates continual affirmation and encouragment of all units to keep each other from burning out.

    Both vital for growing and strengthening our connections in both directions — inward and outward.

    Thanks for giving me food for thought, and allowing me to think out loud (in writing!). Poor you!! 🙂

    1. ‘Both systems over time fail through fatigue fractures if operated repeatedly at loads more than a small percentage of their tensile breaking strength.’

    2. ‘Sigificant repeat lubrication of both tensile systems is recommended to limit replacement cycles.

  2. Greg England says:

    Okay, I’ll be the first to comment … see how long it takes this response to work through the spam-o-matic filter!

    I’ve spent hours using a come-along and even thought or purchasing one recently at a tool store for no other reason than I have used them so much. Can’t think of many reasons I’d use one today.

    Good transition from yesterday to walking out our faith!

    I’m done. Go ahead, spam filter, and eat this one.

  3. Greg: Didn’t I ask you if we’ve lived parallel lives? Amazing, isn’t it!

    Deb: What great observations! Please drop by any time and think out loud (in writing). Your words are a blessing!

  4. Jennifer says:

    What a beautifully written, yet convicting post. I think we christians would be better “come alongs” if we would learn how to “get along” with one another. 1 John 4:7-8 God has recently introduced me to several new friends, and we all worship in different places on Sunday mornings. Some of us are in very liturgical chruches, and some of us are in very contemporary churches, and then some of us are in churches somewhere in between. I take great delight in fellowshipping with my sisters in Christ who come from different denominations. I have learned much about them, their faiths, and most importantly, the Lord we have in common.

    So, as we strive to be excellent “Come Alongs,” I think we should also strive to be better “Get Alongs.”

    His,
    Jennifer

  5. Bill says:

    Jennifer:

    I think you have just written the sequel! Thanks!!

    As I type these words I am waiting for a person to meet me here at the coffee shop. This person is a seeker. Please pray that God will use me to help this person come along and see Jesus. Actually, this individual is a lot like the person Jesus spoke to in Mark 12:34. Jesus said of this person, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

    Again, thanks, Jennifer, for your excellent observation. You can be sure that will work its way into a sermon one of these days real soon!

  6. Nan says:

    What a beautiful and thought out piece you have written. Words did not bring me to Christ, models of Christian behavior did. They were my come-alongs. You are a wonderful writer and a great wonderer.

    I also appreciate the nice comments you made about my piece. Being a newbie at writing I can sure use all the encouragement I can get.

    I am glad I was blessed to find your site. A real inspiration to me. Thank you

    Nan

  7. Thank you, Nan, for your kind comments. I, too, have been blessed by my visits to your site–love the name you’ve given it! God bless you, sis!

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