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No time for complacency in this world of false alarms

By Rev Gareth Burke

I was recently visiting someone who lives in a complex of retirement apartments. During the course of my visit the fire alarm went off but my friend sat quite unmoved. I interrupted the conversation and suggested we should maybe evacuate the building because the fire alarm was sounding.

"Oh, don't worry about that," was the reply, "it happens all the time. The fire engine will be here soon." Sure enough within a very short space of time three fire engines had arrived at the scene and firemen were making their way into the building.

It turned out to be a false alarm. In fact it seems that every time the fire alarm goes off in that particular complex it is not 'the real thing'.

The downside of all this is that the residents have become completely complacent.

Whenever they hear the alarm they don't do anything. They have become conditioned to simply thinking 'it's a false alarm'.

Many of us, whose calling it is to preach the Christian Gospel, can see a similar sort of complacency all around us in the communities where we live and work.

We have been called upon to remind men and women that Jesus Christ is coming again.

We are to encourage people to turn from their sin and to trust in Jesus for salvation - to make preparation for the return of Jesus. But the vast majority of people just shrug their shoulders and say: "We've heard all this before. The world goes on as it was. Nothing changes. There's no sign of Jesus returning."

In the Bible we're told that Noah knew a very similar frustration in his day. He was warning the people to prepare for the coming of the flood but they didn't listen.

They became complacent, paying no heed to his warnings until it was simply too late. Let's not make the same mistake. Let's listen to the Lord. Let's remember that Jesus is coming. Let's look to him and prepare today for His return.

"For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.

"That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man". (Matthew 24: 38&39)

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