by carl lynn
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Hi, you may not know me, but I pray you will take time to do three things for me, well really not so much for me but for God, and perhaps for yourself. A I said you may not know me, but I am your neighbor. Oh I may not live right next door to you, in fact I only have two next door neighbors, now I hope they read this too, but more important I hope you read it, because as I said you are my neighbor. Now you may be thinking at this point this guy is really crazy, but before you hit the delete key, let me explain what I mean. In the Gospel of Luke, if you would prefer to read this story for yourself, you can find it in Luke, Chapter 10, and starting with verse 25. To save time I will summarize it just touching on the points that are important to our discussion. Christ was teaching and a man, a lawyer, tempted Him with this question “ Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” please keep in mind this was a temptation, not a sincere question. But as was the case in most circumstances such as this, Christ turned the tables by asking this man a question. Again if you would like to read this please do so, but the question and answer came to a second question by the lawyer, again a tempting one, “ Who is my neighbor?” In answer to this question Christ told the story of the good Samaritan, again you may read this if you like, the end of this encounter between the lawyer and Christ came with Christ telling the man to be a good neighbor.
Now this brings us to the heart of this matter, if I did live next door to you and one night I noticed flames coming up from the roof of your house, please tell me what you would want me to do? The two choices are do nothing, and say nothing, not wanting to wake you, or alarm you, hoping you and your family would wake up and escape. Or come running and screaming at the top of my lungs that your house was on fire and do everything in my power to alert you and your family to the danger! Now if we ever are next door neighbors and my house is on fire, please, please, please do not worry about awaking me, or alarming me, please alert me to the danger. The sad thing here is we are just talking about physical life, and everyday, our neighbors, are perishing, because we are not telling them that they have a spiritual life. And that if they have never accepted Christ as their personal Savor, they are going to an Eternal punishment in the fires of a Hell that was created for the Devil and His angels. This is just as real a danger, in fact more real, and yet we say nothing, not wanting to offend, alarm, or come off as some kind of spiritual nut case, and by this time you may have already decided that I am just such a nut! Well that is o.k. Because if I lived next door to you and your house was on fire, I would come out yelling and screaming, no matter what you, or the other neighbors thought of me. There is an old saying, “ That if you meet me and reject me, that is no big loss, but if you meet Christ and reject Him, you have lost everything!” Friend that is true.
Remember at the start of this I said there were three things I prayed you would do, well this brings us to the first one. I pray that if you have never accepted Christ into your heart, and asked Him to come into your life, forgive you of your sins, and save you from the penalty, guilt and power of sin in your life that you would bow your head and do so now! Just surrender your life to Him, do not be afraid, but simply believe, and trust in Him, and He will save you. Next if you are already a Christian, or if you prayed this prayer and now are a child of God, please pass this message on to as many people as you can. That is my second prayer, that we can reach as many people with the Gospel as possible, either through the use of the internet, or however, please feel free to use this in anyway to reach others for Christ! Now this brings us to the final prayer, that you will send this to as many others around the world as possible, and when you do pray that God will use it to reach others for Christ, and that above all He will receive the Glory!
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