Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Words of Comfort: The Sobering Task

Firemen have a saying "Glass, gas or wire." It's to remind them that when they enter a fire that there are other dangers besides the terrible heat, falling structures, and deadly smoke inhalation. If they are badly cut by glass that explodes in the heat, blown up by leaking gas, or electrocuted by exposed wires, they won't be rescuing anybody. They have to take care of themselves so that they can take care of others.

The Bible likens Christians to firefighters. It tells us to pull sinners from the fire (Jude 23) and to save those who are perishing. What a worthy task we have--the eternal salvation of human beings from the fires of a terrible pace called "Hell." It is because of this task that we are told to stay sober and alert, because we have an enemy that (among other things) seeks to hinder, tempt, and discourage us.

These sobering thoughts should always be on our minds, and we should be doing everything we can to make sure that we take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. Keep in the Word daily, preserve a tender conscience, always be prayerful, cultivate the fear of God, let His love swallow your fears, and use each day to, in some way, reach those who are "unsaved"--under wrath, and on their way to Hell. May God help us.

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