The Urgency of the Hour

Throughout the New Testament, we are told to be ready to witness. Peter tells believers to be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks a reason of the hope that is in us with meekness and fear (I Peter 3:15). Paul encourages Timothy to be instant [urgent] in season and out of season, to reprove, to rebuke, and to exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine; for the time will come when people won't accept sound doctrine [teaching] (II Timothy 4:2-3). Jesus tells the disciples, as He is getting ready to ascend to heaven, that they will be witnesses after they receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8).

The New Testament is clear that we are to be ready to witness with humility, love, and a proper attitude both for our own souls and the souls of others. Jude says that we save some with the fear of God and eternal judgment and others with compassion, but with fear for our own souls lest we become tempted by their sensuality (Jude 1:22-23). In all cases, love needs to be the motivating factor behind our witness.

We must speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15); that is, having a love for others. We must have a faith that works by love (Galatians 5:6), a love of the Lord Jesus. We must walk in love (Ephesians 5:2).

Does the gospel have a hold of our hearts? Are we concerned for those that are lost through sin and deception? Are we satisfied with the revelation of "one God" in Christ, baptism in Jesus' name, and the in-filling of the Holy Ghost, or are we ready with a message of salvation motivated by love? There is an urgency of the hour upon us....are we ready?

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