I live in a neighborhood where the residents are fast moving into an age bracket somewhere above middle-age. Many are original owners of houses that were built between ‘70 and ’73. When I hear the sirens scream, I am concerned for their well-being and watch to determine if the EMTs stop in front of a house close-by.
My mind usually races to the same place: How serious is the situation; and is the person in the house a Christian?
Every emergency siren is a wake-up call. It reminds me of my own mortality and certainly the mortality of the one being ministered to at that very moment. Every time, I pledge to myself that I will make a more concentrated effort to get to know my near-by neighbors and learn where they are in their walk with Jesus.
Do you ever think this same way; have you made the same pledge? More importantly, have you done something about it?
It’s funny how the best of intentions can so easily be placed on the back burner. We justify our reticence to speak up as not wanting to appear too nosey, or we’re busy at the moment and will do it later, or we don’t want to offend anyone and create bad neighbor-relations. I would guess the list goes on and on and on. Ad nauseam.
The word from God is “Do it now!” Time is fleeting. There’s an urgency in the air. No one knows what the next hour will bring. So what are we waiting for? The next siren may be too late.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT), “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
In Acts 1:8 Jesus, again speaking to His disciples, says, “ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Now Jesus may have been speaking to the disciples of His day, but His words certainly apply to us today as well. His intent is clear: He expects us to be His hands, feet and mouth when it comes to spreading the gospel, first in our own neighborhoods and ultimately to the world at large.
We do not have the luxury of waiting until tomorrow.
Jesus also tells us that the ones who obey His commands are the ones who love Him. If you do not obey, you do not love Jesus. It therefore behooves us to “go and make disciples,” both near and far. There is no other viable alternatives.
I had an excellent (but tough) boss back in my early days of management. He kept a sign prominently displayed on his desk: “Get it done. NOW!”
These are good words for the Christian to live by. We mustn’t put off sharing the reason for the joy in our hearts. Satan’s greatest deception may be that there will always be time to do it later.