“We talk of the Second Coming; half of the world has never heard of the first” – Oswald J. Smith
Ouch. If that doesn’t step on our toes and create an unsettled feeling in our hearts, then Father help us all !
I came across this quote the other day. My heart sunk and my mind went wild.
I’ll be honest, I’m ashamed. Ashamed at how many so called Christians are OK with not telling others of that first coming of Christ. Instead, so many choose to stay silent and keep it to themselves. Were we not once one of those who didn’t know about His first coming? And someone out of the kindness of their hearts and love for the Father shared with us? Once we were in darkness, but now we have seen the light and heard the good news!
However, we are called to more than that. One doesn’t burn a fire and build a towering wall over it. To hide the flame and keep in the heat. No! Never. A fire is started, and it gives off warmth and a great light. This light will be seen from a great distance. Like a city on a hill.
Why do we want to keep it to ourselves? Have we not truly grasped the HUGE debt that our Savior paid for us? He knew absolutely NO sin. But stood in the gap as the perfect, spotless Lamb and took on our sins. Paid in full. Not just for me and you. But for them as well.
While we keep talking about that Second Coming, and are in our own little worlds, the person next door, the child on the street corner, the man in prison, the prostitute on the other side of the world, the widow in the most remote village is dying. Not only physically but more importantly spiritually. And time is ticking.
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Hm of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?
As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.