What would you call a policeman who hears someone screaming in agony and does nothing because he is sitting down for a meal? What would you call a fireman who stands next to a building burning with people inside and doesn’t see it because he is so caught up with his smart phone? What would call a doctor who sees a child choking in public and walks on by because he has a meeting he can’t be late for?
I suppose there is a great many things you could say about such men but what then should be said about the Christian man who does nothing with the good news? What should be said for the man who has heard the words of eternal life yet cannot look past his own needs to preach to a dying world? What should be said for that “Christian” man who gingerly walks passed the hell bound everyday, waves at them as if to inspire some confidence, and goes on about his day?
Are we really so deceived to believe that we have no duty anymore? Do we really think that God will say “Well done my good and faithful servant” if we recluse behind our pseudo Christian lifestyle books and five dollar cups of coffee? No, beloved there MUST be more than this.
I admit I too have been there but Lord let it never be so again! We must wake up and realize everyday this side of the heaven that our commission in Christ (the “go” in Matthew 28) is not just an opportunity for the zealous but a mandate for every believer! This obviously looks different depending on your environment and circumstances but the call will always be there if we are open to its leading. I am not trying to put a yoke on anyone. This doesn’t mean we have to throw a Bible tract at or talk to everyone we see but it does mean we have to hone our sensing of the Holy Spirit and obey, without question, His leading. What great truth it is that in a dying world God has entrusted us with life! What grave offense it would be to hold on to it!
I’ll end on this quote from Charles Spurgeon,
“Someone asked, Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved? It is more a question with me whether we — who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not — can be saved.”
I pray it convicts us and leads us all into a wholehearted, hell shaking, Christ exalting pursuit in gathering the harvest!