Some Things Are Urgent
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Some messages were made to be more urgent than others. Unless one is starving to death, ordering a pizza is not too urgent. Deciding which day to shop does not make the urgent list. Deciding where to go on vacation does not make or break a life. But most calls to 911 carry a sense of urgency: Someone is hurt or sick and needs help now.
In the verse above, the Apostle Paul “implores” his readers to be reconciled to God. Paul knew more than anyone what was at stake. The destinies of all who ever lived depend on their relationship to Christ, whether or not they trusted Him alone for salvation. We have an “urgent” message, one that rises to the top of our priority list. People need forgiveness through Christ.
Today people tell us to “take it easy,” or “don’t worry about it, things will work out.” At times we should heed this advice. But not when it comes to eternal destinies. Some things should occupy our thinking more than others. One way to summarize this is to ask this question:
What will matter when we stand before God?
At that time, people will not be advising us to “take it easy” then? It will be a serious event, when God will pass judgment on the quality of life we led as Christians. But how much more serious for those who do not know God? That’s why we too should implore people to be reconciled to God. When Paul realized what was at stake, it led him to tears (Romans 9:1-3). He also wrote, “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others” (2 Corinthians 5:11). We carry a life and death message; we cannot possibly trivialize it. We must convey to people this grave message that they need to trust in Christ for salvation. We cannot give the impression that their response will not lead to any consequences.
- In this age that sometimes makes light of grave matter, ask God to show you the pressing nature of the gospel. One day people will die with or without Christ. What they do now carries eternal consequences.
- Cooperate with others and the church in its efforts to reach people. When the church promotes efforts to reach people, jump in with both feet to lend a hand. You will not find a greater cause.
- Continue to demonstrate the love of Christ by your words and the way you live. Some will listen, and some will won’t, but everyone looks. Your life of godliness and love may make all the difference.
Heavenly Father, sometimes we have grown cold toward the gospel message. We pray you would rekindle a love for you and others. Grant us the sensitivity to see others as you see them: people in need of a Savior. We pray you would bless our efforts to reach people and also show kindness to them. May you use us to bring glory to you.”
Posted on Fri, March 25, 2016
by Sunrise Church