April 22, 2014 ē By Ed Wrather
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. - Colossians 1:27-29.
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. - Hebrews 11:7.
Undergraduate student Diane Hartley may have saved the Citicorp Center building in Manhattan from falling down and taking with it other buildings in a domino effect. The Citicorp building is built on huge stilts placed at the center of the sides instead of at the corners as conventionally done. It is a weaker construction and to compensate for the effect of winds a damper was constructed on top of the building. Hartley called the chief engineer LeMessurier warning that quartering winds, winds striking the corners of the building, could cause a collapse. LeMessurier did his own calculations and concluded that if the building did lose power the damper on top of the building would not be able to function. It was determined that each year there would be a one in sixteen chance that the building would be hit by a storm causing the 59 story tower to potentially fall causing a huge disaster. Construction was begun in secret after normal work hours to repair the flaw and was completed by the end of 1978. (Yahoo News 04.21.14; Damninteresting.com 04.12.06)
Diane Hartley made one phone call that potentially saved thousands of lives and blocks of devastation. Noah was warned by God of the coming disastrous flood. The apostle Paul exhorts all believers to warn non-believers of the coming disaster they face.
How many have avoided an eternal disaster called Hell because one person cared enough to make one phone call to warn them. A man that had ignored my own warnings to him in the past received a phone call when he was near death in a hospital. I was very much surprised to learn after the man died that he had believed on Jesus before his death. A woman in our church had made one last phone call and the man was saved.
Jesus came that we might have life and so that we would have it more abundantly (John 10:10b). So that we might have eternal life, Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:20). Jesus did not stay in one place, in one building waiting for the lost to discover Him. Instead, Jesus during his three years of ministry here on earth was continuously on the move going from place to place. He has given us an example. The example is that the lost are to be actively sought by whatever means are available. Jesus gave up the glories of Heaven to come down to earth with all of the tribulations, temptations, and eventually crucifixion. To seek the lost, for Jesus was very costly. Has it cost you anything to seek the lost?
How are you seeking the lost? Can you make a phone call? Can you send an email? Can you send a text? Can you make a facebook post or post to another social media site? Can you get in your car and drive to your neighbor or friendís home, knock on the door, and tell them about Jesus? Or, can you just walk a few feet to your neighbor or friendís house or across the hall to their apartment and share Jesus with them? Will you warn them of the coming disaster they are facing?