Imagine what it would be like to be in mortal danger, yet to be totally unaware of it. Certainly, many on the verge of a fatal heart attack are like that along with scores of others who have other serious physical afflictions and are close to death, but not by observation.
Believe it or not, being oblivious to enormous spiritual dangers is even more pronounced than physical dangers, even though they are also much more severe. When we focus in upon spiritual perils, the magnitude of the danger exponentially increases because such will affect one eternally. That brings up man’s greatest need, the salvation of his soul, and the greatest danger in the universe — being thrown into the fiery furnace (Mt. 13:41,42).
Christians who are not avid sowers of God’s word, are apparently dulled to such desperate spiritual needs of the people around them. That statement isn’t just referring to the non-believer, but also to the lukewarm and fruitless, for their isn’t much difference! While it may be true that the lukewarm and fruitless may have salvation today, it is also true tomorrow they may not have it anymore! Jesus will vomit out the lukewarm from the body of Christ and the Father will sever the fruitless from Christ. It is fruit or fire! Hence, the spiritual needs are great, but those in such dire conditions are unaware of the danger. This is especially clear with the lukewarm:
So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (Rev 3:16,17)
They were so spiritually blind they wrongly thought they didn’t need a thing, while they had immense needs! Jesus saw them as wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked and about to be spit out of his mouth! If you are a real Christian, let your light shine around you, for there are various kinds of needs and most are salvation related. If the tables were turned, you would want someone to give you God’s truth to help your condition. Eternity hangs in the balance and Judgment Day is awaiting us all. Finally, are you aware of this responsibility and the possibility of spiritual death for the righteous? Remember Heb. 3:12-14:
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
Are you aware of the danger that people all around you are in?