Neville Morrison discovered his house was on fire. Fortunately he lived only four houses from the fire station. He sprinted to get help. The firefighter that met him at the door told him to call 911. “I don’t have a phone, but you can see the blaze coming out of my roof!” Morrison replied. The firefighter shut the door in his face. By the time firefighters did respond, the home was a total loss.
We need to take care that we don’t become as complacent as these firefighters in our proclamation of the Gospel. Whatever reasons the fire fighters think they are there for, the primary function is helping citizens put out fires.
Paul understood that his purpose was the gospel. That is the church’s purpose as well. We must not get sidetracked. --Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
1 Corinthians 1:17 (HCSB) “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to evangelize—not with clever words, so that the cross of Christ will not be emptied ⌊of its effect⌋.”