The house next door to us is vacant and has a pool in the backyard. Recently the pool was emptied, and now is being filled again. Following my middle school instincts, one of my boys and I jumped the fence to take a look at the action.
When we got there, 3 skinks were in the pool. We set out on a rescue mission. One wasn't even close to the water, so it was easy to get out and release into the grass - freedom. Another was on the edge of the water. We had to be quick, but we got it out - releasing it to freedom. A third one was in about 4 feet of water. I reached over the side with a stick, and let the skink climb on so I could release it. (I have such a big heart)
When I let that skink go, it ran right back to the pool. Then it swam out to the middle of the pool to await it's certain death. It finally swam to the side. I kept putting the stick out for it to climb on, but it was resistant. Finally it took the lifeline, and I released it to freedom.
It reminds me of people. We can try really hard to help people, and what we do is scare them! We must be smart in our approach.
People resist freedom because they have no idea how great it is to follow Jesus and have freedom. They run from what seems like danger, but in reality it is the greatest gift they could receive.
I wonder how many people we have run off because our best intentioned efforts to help them actually scared them? What can we do differently?