Last night I had a vivid dream that has me thinking about the last days. In this dream I was cleaning a church after a service when the church began to fill again. It was an odd church that was built into a cavern deep beneath the earth.
I saw the leaders of many churches begin to gather and take seats in the congregation. It was obvious that something very serious was about to happen when I saw the pastor who was to lead the service step out of the sanctuary.
As people found their seats I understood what was about to happen. This was the last day of the world as I knew it. There was about to be an altar call heard around the world. A call to unbelievers both in the church and in the world to decide whether they would serve their own interests or the interests of God.
The sanctuary grew silent and the service was ready to begin, but the pastor had not returned. I left the sanctuary to find the pastor. Perhaps I could help him prepare or take care of whatever was keeping him occupied.
I found the pastor kneeling outside the sanctuary asking God for more time. His prayer was for time. He wanted time for his marriage, his children, he was wanted his family to grow and his children to have families of their own. To make matters worse his family was not present.
The sanctuary was filled with leaders in ministry. I knew if this pastor would not answer God’s call to serve another would rise from the congregation as God called them to the task. I knelt to encourage him. I told him that tomorrow everything would be changed. There would be a new world free from death, disease, and all the pains of life as we knew it. Could there be a better world for his children?
I don’t remember the rest of the dream. I would like to think the pastor rose to meet the task ahead of him. Whether or not he did is irrelevant to the message I received. What is important is to remember that the harvest is almost complete and we cannot allow the cares of this world to keep us from our responsibility to God. All around us people are dying both physically and spiritually. Those who die without Christ will suffer an endless death.
Every day you have the opportunity to provide someone with his or her last altar call. When push comes to shove whom will you serve? There may be a time God asks you to share the gospel when it is not convenient to you. You may have to miss dinner with your family, your favorite TV show, or maybe be a few minutes late for an appointment. When the time comes will you choose to save a life or the comforts of this world?
“ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:37-39