“That Others May Live”

This past Sunday my husband knocked it out of the park. I mean, he does every week, but this week really touched my heart and I want to share it with you.

There is an elite group in our nation’s military called the Pararescue. They are specifically trained to do one thing, to go in behind enemy lines and pull out the wounded, the hurt, and the lame. They go through more intense training than other military special ops because they are known for being sent strictly into enemy territory each time they deploy.

The Pararescue know they have a specific job to do and the training they go through is nine weeks long to prepare them for the intensity of the fight. Their motto is “That Others May Live”! They lay down their life to make sure they never leave a wounded solider on the battlefield, not one, ever.

Troy talked about us as Christians and OUR duty to rescue those who are behind enemy lines, lying wounded. You see in Matthew, chapter 20, it says that we should be like Christ and it says that HE came to serve. He did not come to be served but to serve; to give His life a ransom for many. It is our responsibility to do the same, to give our lives for others, to serve others. You see once you get saved, it is no longer about you anymore. It is about others, “That Others May Live”!

I know in my life I was dragged out of enemy territory and for that I am ever grateful to the Lord. But why did God save me and deliver me? Why did God heal you and rescue you? Was it so your life could be great and someone else could go in and get the wounded people? Maybe He healed you and rescued you so you could help serve someone else. Remember it is no longer just about you when you become a Christian it is “That Others May Live”.

If you have ever read Matthew Chapter 8, you read a story of Peter’s mother-in-law. She was lying sick with a fever. Jesus came on the scene and touched her and the bible says she was made whole. Then it says something really interesting to me. It says she rose up and served those who were in her house.

How amazing! Peter’s mother-in-law rose up and helped others when God healed her. She knew exactly what to do next: help others!! She jumped up and served others!

There are many instances in the bible where Jesus healed someone and they began to serve. It’s really a basic of Christianity. Where is a great place to do that? Well each and every month thousands of people come through the doors of Freedom  House Church.  If you feel God called you there, then get busy! There are too many people who need to be rescued for us all not to be serving in God’s House! And guess what? It’s not even hard.

Each week you could put out a chair. Each chair represents someone’s life. Each week you could teach a child in Kids Church. Each child represents destiny and the future of the church. Each week you could smile to a new face that comes through the door. Each smile represents a life waiting to be changed. The ways you could serve people are endless!

Jesus gave His life for the church. I think we can do our part too. “That Others May Live” should be every Christians motto!


~ by pennymaxwell on September 9, 2010.

One Response to ““That Others May Live””

  1. Penny,
    What a beautiful and touching story! The way you used the bible and gods way to describe what a Pararescueman is has truly left me speechless!
    You see…I am a PJ wife and my husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan fighting the war of terror! He is an amazing man along with all the PJ’s that he serves with. The pararescue family is a tight group that many people don’t understand. When a man is willing to lay down his life for his friend, you know you’re in the right place…with god at your side! 🙂
    I am very blessed to be apart of such an elite group!
    Thank you for taking time from your day to post this! It truly makes my heart smile!
    Robbin Popovic

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