2002-02-11 - Urgency
Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
An update on the Bible reading guides: I have sent out about 50 so far and have about 150 to go. I can only get done about 20 a day and I fell behind at the end of the past week because I was blessed with the flu. I am trying to get them out. I ask you to try to be patient with me.
On Thursday of last week I looked in my rear view mirror and saw three cars heading towards me at a high rate of speed, lights flashing, and sirens screaming. Of course, I thought, "What in the world have I done?" But they zipped past me and pulled into a fire station that was two blocks away. The men parked their cars and sprinted, really sprinted, toward the fire house. They were obviously heading out on a call. What interested me was the amazing sense of urgency that they had.
As I thought about that I wondered if I had that sense of urgency regarding the things of faith. Do I have a sprinting urgency for the lost, for holiness, for Bible study, prayer, fellowship and other important elements of my faith? Maybe sometimes I do, but not as much as I would like. This urgency is a burning desire to be faithful to God in all things. Someone who is urgent upon the things of the Lord is one who has a focus on one thing. They live for one thing and care for one thing and this is the cause of Christ.
This is what Christ has purposed to do for us. He intends to, "...purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds" Titus 2:14. Nothing is more useful in the church of God or even in society than someone who as an urgency about proper things. If the firemen who buzzed by me had simply been joy riding their urgency would have been misplaced and a true hinder to public safety. But their urgency, properly trained, and used wisely, becomes a benefit to public safety. So, also urgency is not always good in the church. Remember that in a moment of urgency Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest John 18:10. But if urgency is used properly, it can certainly be an advantage to the church.
There is a story from the battle of Gettysburg where Chaplain Eastman was injured by the fall of his horse. He was so badly injured that he simply had to lie where he was. He heard the voice of an injured solider crying, "O my God." Eastman was unable to walk so he started rolling to the man. He even had to roll himself over dead bodies to get to the man. He spoke to the man of Christ and his need for forgiveness in Christ. Soon two soldiers approached him and asked him to come speak of Christ to a dying officer. They carried him to the officer. This is how he passed the entire night, being carried from one dying man to another to preach Christ and pray with them. The entire time being forced to lie on his back as he met with them. This is the sense of urgency that, while we may never need it in such a manner, may God prepare us for now. By living urgently now, when such a need arises, we will be fit for the task of remarkable service to our Lord.
Soli Deo Gloria,