You’re reclining at home. You smell smoke, look out the window, and see a house burning in your street. You know the residents in that house are at home. What is the first thing you would do: your priority? Would it be to yawn and make a cup of tea, go on a picnic, phone your prayer partner, organize a conference or a women’s lunch? Of course not.
You would rush to the house and try to get them out. That would be your priority. The people in the burning house are the non-believers. They are not in the fire yet, but it is inevitable unless they hear the truth of the gospel.
Yet the church’s priority today in that scenario is the conference, the seminar, the picnic, the social, the coffee morning. Anything and everything but what it ought to be. While the population drifts toward the lake of fire the church fiddles with unimportant things of no consequence. It is Nero a million times magnified.
This is horrific. It is sadder than a lioness trying to hunt with no teeth and no claws. The church has the spiritual teeth and claws but doesn’t use them. Believers talk about revival but do nothing (except pray) to bring it about. The words are as empty as a fuel tank showing zero.
Thank God for exceptions, but the great inspirational words and promises of the Bible apparently mean nothing to today’s average church. “Fear not, for I am with you…I will strengthen you… I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” “Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world.” “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.” “For God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Pastors, I don’t have to give you the refs; you know them.
Those Bible words and promises are like the brand new vacuum cleaner that is useless when it is never switched on. God’s promises never apply until the church gets outside the doors and uses them.
The manual is there in the form of the Bible; the spiritual weapons are there; the promises are there but they lie dormant like the dead in Christ of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 waiting for resurrection at Christ’s return.
Dear believer, they are dead, but you are alive! You are the Matthew, Mark, Luke and John of today. You have the task. God could do it Himself but He has chosen you. He has given you everything you need to do the job. Don’t pray for courage; the Lord has already given it! You have to step out and go public with the gospel.
How will you respond when Jesus says: “What did you do about those perishing?” Will you reply, “Oh well, the pastor did nothing about it, so I didn’t think it was important.”?
Will it be only a few that Jesus is coming back for? His return will be soon - when we look at today’s world. Read Matthew 7:21-23 and think very hard about it. What is your priority?
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