When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “Never lose your sense of urgency” (Phillips), there must have been a reason, an importunity, which should carry over to the preaching of the Gospel today.
Why have so many lost their sense of urgency? Why do we seem unmoved when the number of Christians continues to dwindle in proportion to the total world population? What lies back of the widespread indifference to be found within the Church itself?
Are we listening again to the siren song of Satan, “Ye shall not surely die”? Are we engaged in wishful thinking, believing that after all the preaching of the Gospel is not so important, that there are other ways to eternal life?
Can it be that our Lord’s words to the Pharisees were in error?—“I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.”
There are many classes of people in the world. There are those who have never heard of God’s redemptive love in Christ, who will be judged in the light of the knowledge they have and the use they have made of that knowledge.
Then these are those who are indifferent to the claims of Christ. Surrounded by evidences of the Christian faith, they ignore them because other interests seem more worthy and more compelling.
And there are those who deliberately reject the truth, choosing the way of disobedience, sinning against the light.
In these circumstances the duty of the Christian is clear. We cannot ourselves convert sinners, but we are to witness to Christ, that he may forgive those who come to him with repentant hearts.
This witnessing demands urgency for a number of reasons—the nature of the message, the need of the world, and the shortness of the time. That the night will come when no man can work is a fact affirmed ...1
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