“It sure beats sleeping in a bombed out church basement.” If I heard that once growing up as a kid, I must have heard it a thousand times! It was a reference to some nights my dad spent in Germany while in the Army. He frequently said it in response to minor inconveniences that came his way.
The truth is, I’ve always had a safe, comfortable bed to sleep in, so I’ve never worried about not having one. Likewise, I’ve never truly gone hungry, so I’ve not concerned myself with where my next meal was coming from. Thankfully, I’ve always had access to clean running water, so I’ve never been fearful of truly going thirsty either.
As I considered these truths, I realized that in many ways comfort and familiarity are a stone’s throw away from complacency. I can become so accustomed to things that I forget what it was like to ever do without them. That’s bad enough when we’re talking about physical comforts, but it can be downright dangerous when it involves our faith.
In his book, Six Hours One Friday, author Max Lucado writes these challenging words…
“If we are not teaching people how to be saved, it is perhaps because we have forgotten the tragedy of being lost! If we’re not teaching the message of forgiveness, it may be because we don’t remember what it was like to be guilty. And if we’re not preaching the cross, it could be that we’ve subconsciously decided that – God forbid – somehow we don’t need it.”
Today, in the quietness of your heart, consider Lucado’s words. Have you stopped sharing the message of the cross, and the forgiveness that it brings, because you’ve lost sight of what it was like to be lost and guilty? Friends, if you don’t share the love of Christ with others, who will? –Dave
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