So much goes on all around us that we are totally oblivious to that I am amazed we are still able to function at all. A person walking down the street was totally unaware of the danger fast approaching and even though there were others all around trying to get her attention she could not hear because of the earbuds. You see she was so distracted because of the loud music and, you guessed it, the texting, she was completely shut off from the reality around her. Just moments before she was run over by the vehicle, another person rushed over to her and pulled her out of harm's way, and she was saved from possible death. Almost immediately, she started to scream and fight off the person who had just saved her life, berating him for his good deed rather than thanking him. You see, she had no clue. The signs were there, a speeding car, people shouting at her to run, oncoming traffic braking hard and tires screeching. In the end, one person put himself in a difficult position, stepped up with a rather aggressive message and was chastised for his efforts. Yes, when she fully realized what had just occurred, she thanked him, but she never apologized for her initial actions.
You see, preaching and sharing the Message is almost the same as what happened to the young lady on the street. There are all sorts of warning signs out there, in fact there was even a book written warning people about the bleakness of the future, and yet there are those out there who are completely oblivious to the dangers. Missionaries, evangelists, clergy, and people of faith are all trying to inform family and friends that the end times are near, that none on earth will live forever on earth and yet the world turns up the music and digs even deeper into their world of reels. My fear is that people are so wrapped up in the world and the here and now they forget about what awaits them when life on earth comes to an end. There is only one who will be ready to jump into harm's way to protect but if we forcibly shrug off His grip and continue on our way, there will be a time when we won’t be able to come back from the brink.
I have shared my fear, now I will share my stressor. I am not here to force people to come to Christ, I am simply a messenger, a bystander on the sidewalk trying to get the person’s attention to oncoming tragedy. It is heartbreaking to know that there are those out there who refuse to listen to the message because they have come to believe it is just a myth. Here is a crucial factor, if you come to believe and it is a myth, what have you lost? Nothing, in fact, you have gained because you will look at life from the side of peace, love and hope. My stress has been greatly decreased over the years, not because I no longer care but rather because of a new understanding. I can only plant the seeds; it is up to the individual whether they want to accept it.
But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets, and say, ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’ Luke 10:10-11 NLT
For the next month, we are going to explore what mission means and how we can all be a part of communicating His promise to those who are seeking a new way to love, hope and peace. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 10:30 AM, at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB.