On page 127 of the First Steps discipleship manual an illustration entitled “Burning House” is given:
If you walk along a street and peer through a window, you might see a family eating dinner together. You would probably not want to knock on the door because disturbing the family at this time just wouldn’t seem right. Many Christians don’t witness because they just don’t want to disturb people.
However, if you continued to look at the house and then noticed a fire on the opposite end of the house, you would immediately disturb the family because their lives are in danger.
When we believe and hope for the soon return of Jesus, we don’t feel as bad about disturbing our friends, co-workers, and family members because their eternal lives are in danger.
The thing is, we are not noticing the flames!
Instead, we focus on the family… Ooh… what nice dinette set, is that steak? Are they eating steak? Why is God so unfair as to bless these sinners with such good things? Where’s my fine furniture, my sumptuous meal?
Sounds an awful lit like the prodigal’s older brother, doesn’t it? Hear him griping to his father…
‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ (Luke 15:29-30).
Replied the father, “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15:31,32).
Saint, have you also forgotten your sure inheritance? The mansions of splendor? … the marriage feast of the Lamb? But for these remains only a place made for the devil, fire, torment, grinding teeth! God is doing all He can to woo the ignorant to see the fire and run to Him.
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