Friday, December 14, 2007
You think you have problems!
Apparently this motorist somehow ran off the edge of a high rise parking garage in Atlanta. The man driving the car was trapped inside as his car was teetering seven floors above the ground. Fortunately the driver was rescued by some incredibly skilled and brave rescue workers. Can you imagine the sense of relief this man felt and how thankful he was when he saw help outside his car window?
One of the problems we face in sharing the gospel with people today is getting them to recognize their predicament. Most people think that they are just fine when in reality they are like the motorist who was in imminent peril. At any moment each of us could face eternity. Are you ready? It is by God’s grace and His grace alone that we are at this moment given another breath of life (Acts 17:28)
Unfortunately, mankind in general has no awareness of their actual perilous predicament (2 Cor. 4:4). So the mission of those who have seen the light of God’s glory is to respond as emergency personnel and rescue the perishing. "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20, NKJV)
The saving message we share is the message of the Gospel. "For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:5-6, NKJV)