Day 218 – Urgent Action Needed
On: June 6, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulphur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Luke 17:25-29

We come down to Earth with a bump. After a couple of days up in the clouds grappling with the notion of the Kingdom of God, Jesus yanks the lens back to the immediate. In a matter of weeks, he will undergo a horrific and unjust ordeal. The purpose? To provide an ark for all those who will accept the warning that a flood is imminent. To lead an escape from the vice and corruption of a world that has lost its way.

I write on a Monday morning. (It always seems to be Monday morning!) It’s been an enjoyable weekend, much of it spent thinking about future plans, a trip to the movies, an evening having fun with friends, and a great time of worship, teaching and fellowship at church. The reality of a packed train load of glum faces, the murmur of inane gossip, the view of a dozen head tops, their owners staring down at mobile phones is inordinately depressing. And yet, this is the real world. These are those that need to be warned of the very real risk of destruction and the opportunity that a ship lies ready to avoid the flood; a party is being gathered to escape the inferno, up into the hills.

Does this sound unnecessarily drastic? Overly literalistic? Too colourful a flight of the imagination? Of course it will seem so. But that was Jesus’s analysis in His day. The only  question is whether the same applies today. If it does, I need to be as focussed as He was in alerting my friends and colleagues to the very real and imminent danger. Jesus did the heavy lifting on the cross. Should we not be pointing people to the rescue He initiated, the freedom He bought? Urgent action is needed: by us and by them.

Prayer:

Father God, awaken in me a sense of urgency as to the perilous state of those who are living outside of your grace. Grant me courage to speak and clarity in sharing the risk and the opportunity. Amen.

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