It was a cold week of knocking doors for Christ in Sabetha, Kansas. Snow was all over the ground as a group of Christians participated in an all out effort to reach out for Christ. I still remember knocking doors in the foot of snow and shoveling snow off the driveways in hope people might be more receptive to hear about Jesus. But what I remembered most about that week was the response I got from one man. We knocked on his door and told him we were trying to share the love of Jesus in the community. His house was within sight of the church building. During our conversation he told me something I will never forget. He said, “Well, I live too close to the building to drive and too far away to walk.” The amazing thing to me was he was serious.
I was stunned as I thought about the short distance he lived from the church building. I couldn’t help but think if only he knew how far Jesus traveled for him. If only he knew how much suffering and anguish Jesus experienced to help us in our time of need he might think differently. What about the long walk to Golgotha after He was beaten and ultimately nailed to the Cross? The Bible offers us hope in that God is not far from each of us (Acts 17:27).