Many Christians feel that working within the organization of their “church” building is their prime purpose. They join the various groups, assemble with other like-minded believers for the Sunday message, and find comfort in the familiar faces around them. They have no desire to step outside of their comfort zone, and so relinquish the responsibility of a watchman to those with the special calling.
However, this attitude supports their own lusts and desires and concept of what Christians are; it’s not supported by Scripture. In fact, it’s the opposite to what Jesus told us to do. We aren’t told to keep the message and its blessings to one social congregation, but rather, we read in Mark 16:15 that Jesus said we should preach the gospel to the whole world. Now, we can’t all get out to the front lines in the world, but we can prayerfully and financially support those who do.
Deuteronomy 6:4 says that we should love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. Jesus quotes this Scripture in Matthew 22:37 when He responds to a lawyer who questioned what the greatest commandment of the law was. When we can love God more than anyone or anything else, then we will diligently study the Scriptures so we can know Him (2 Timothy 2:15) and have a relationship with Him. We would want to please God and do His will.
God told us to come out of the world and to stay away from the sinful life and the people who want to stay in it. He knows we can’t follow Him if we continue in that lifestyle. We can’t serve two masters as it says in Matthew 6:24, so we have to pick one, just as Joshua instructed us to do in Joshua 24:15. We come away, get involved in a church and study the Bible so we can grow in the Lord. But this is part of a growing process just as going to school is for a child is; we aren’t supposed to stay there.
The purpose of school is to teach, train, and prepare us for our real job. As Christians, our real job is to share the love of God through His Son to as many as possible. It is not to hide inside a church building where there’s “us four and no more!” There is a whole world of lost souls out there that need to know about Jesus! So let’s get out there and teach them!
The time for salvation is quickly coming to a close, and this world is about to experience its worst nightmare. The prophet Jeremiah refers to this as the time of Jacob’s trouble in Jeremiah 30:7; we know it better as the great tribulation. People need to be warned that soon Jesus is going to take His Holy Spirit out of this world. This will be the rapture of the church, the people who are born again and filled with His Spirit as Jesus said in John 3:3-5. This is when our bodies are transformed from mortality to immortality just as Jesus was. It will happen in the twinkling of an eye, and right after the dead in Christ are raised, we will rise up to meet Jesus in the clouds.
We will be with Jesus in Heaven, but this world will be tormented by an evil devil as he lives through the Antichrist. You don’t want to be here then! You don’t want your family and friends to be here, either! Some will regret not accepting Jesus now and they will believe in Him then, but they’ll have to die to get into Heaven—they’ll all be martyred for turning to Jesus during the tribulation. But at the end of that tribulation, Jesus will return with us right behind Him, and He will pour His judgment onto the world. Then He will take His throne and rule as king over the whole earth for a thousand years.
Do we want those who we love to have to go through the tribulation? The horrors of it will make Hollywood movies look like child’s play. If we have any love for people at all, we must warn them! We must pray every day for their salvation, and then we must get out and share the truth with as many as we can while there is still day. Once we are gone (raptured), the light will be gone and there will be only night. Jesus, who is the light in this world, will take His light—us—and there will only remain the cold, evil presence of the ruler of darkness.
- Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.—2 Corinthians 6:2
We are living in the last hour before Christ’s return and we must come out of the comfort of the church organization and become watchmen on the walls! We must break from the social realm of church life and get out there and warn people what is coming. Some of us will mock us, others will be rejected and many will be persecuted, but through it all there will be people who will get saved. We can’t worry about losing friends because we appear crazy to them. We need to worry about friends losing their souls because we didn’t share the truth with them and warn them.
This is the day of salvation! But this day is almost over. Let’s not let it end without doing all we can do to tell people about Jesus, and about His love and saving grace. Jesus is about to return and we wont be able to share His gospel anymore after that. We must keep working now until He calls us home, and we must encourage others to be ready so they’ll hear His call! We must warn them that judgment is on the horizon and if they miss His call, it will be their gravest mistake because He’ll only call once!
- But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.—James 1:22-25
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