If you haven’t yet noticed, May’s theme for the Allume blog is “bridge.” So of course the idea of a bridge has been rolling around in my mind for the past few weeks, and honestly, the 90’s hit “Love Can Build a Bridge” by The Judds is what pops into my mind every time I think about bridge as a writing prompt.
Maybe that’s what we’re going for here, not the actual ballad of course but the idea of the song — love really can build a bridge.
In fact, Love did build a bridge.
1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that Jesus is the bridge between God and man, and “this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters” (1 John 3:16 NLT).
Because God calls us as Believes in Jesus Christ to lead people to Jesus, we, too, are to be bridges!
But here’s the thing, if we want to be a bridge, we must first count the cost.
Being a bridge is not easy. Think for a minute about a bridge.
Bridges are walked on, taken for granted, and overlooked. A bridge certainly doesn’t choose who walks across, nor does it have any control over whether or not the person will make it to the other side. Sometimes the traveler will turn around and go right back to where they started.
Being a bridge can feel quite similar, can’t it? The reality is that as a bridge, many times relationships and circumstances will be painful and thankless. We will feel overlooked and unappreciated, beat down and taken for granted.
Am I ready for that? Are you?
See, most of the time, I want to stand up and be seen. I want to be the signpost on the corner that people look to for guidance and whose advice they heed. But the reality is, if God has called me to be a bridge, then when I stand up, I just get in the way. I become an obstacle rather than a path.
God hasn’t called me to stand up and be seen but to lie down and be willing — even if that means I get hurt. Sure, bridges have boundaries, but even with boundaries, bridges are still walked on and used and many times unnoticed. But isn’t that what gets people to the other side?
Our love for one another will prove to the world that we are Christ’s disciples (John 13:35 NLT). Is love making me into a bridge?
We’re quick to remember that love is patient and kind, but that part about not being self-seeking or easily angered and especially the line about keeping no record of wrongs, that’s where our memories get a little fuzzy.
Love always protects, always trusts. Despite the disappointments, love always hopes. Regardless of the trials, love always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13)
Love lays low, often advancing through surrender, gaining by relinquishing.
Jesus laid down His life for us, and He has called us to do the same.
Love is the strongest bridge of all, crossing all boundary lines and connecting us together in ways otherwise impossible.
I might be the most persuasive speaker or eloquent writer. My knowledge could be unmatched or my wisdom profound. I could even have faith that could move mountains, but without love, none of that matters. (1 Corinthians 13)
Love is the bridge.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11).
Friend, being a bridge is not cheap, but God already paid the price.
Question for You:
In what ways do you struggle to lay down your life and be a bridge for others?