MISSING THE CATCH

 

If you were a trapeze artist depending upon your catcher, would you want him to be daydreaming?  In a situation such as that, your life would not be in very good hands, would it?

                                                                                              

          It is sad, but true, that there are those in the church who go to sleep on the job.  There are many passages in God’s word that admonish us to be alert and watchful.  The apostle Paul says in Eph. 5:14, “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”  Jesus said in Matt. 24:42, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”  And Paul says in 1 Cor. 16:13, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”

 

          There are many reasons why we should be watchful.  Satan is a subtle and cunning adversary.  Nothing would please him more than for all Christians to be lulled to sleep while he is free to deceive the world.  We need to watch because we are responsible for our own souls, and we have a responsibility toward those who are lost.  If the gospel of Christ, which is God’s power unto salvation, is to be taken to the world, you and I must take it.  Wouldn’t it be sad on the Day of Judgment to have our friends and neighbors point an accusing finger at us and say, “You did not teach the gospel of Christ to me.  You knew that I was lost but you did nothing about it.”

 

          Therefore, we need to awake to the opportunities that are all around us—the opportunities of teaching the gospel of Christ to those who do not know the way of salvation.  There is no feeling quite like that of knowing that you have brought a soul to Christ, a soul that may enjoy heaven that otherwise would have been eternally lost.  Therefore, let us awake from our sleep and busy ourselves in seeking the lost and bringing them into the fold of safety.  (Mark 16:15,16).