This past Saturday at about 3:45 PM I was on my way to the church building to prepare for the Valentines Banquet (actually on my way to pay for the food, then to the church building).
As I typically do, I get on Maple and head to Harvard, turn left and go to Mt. Olive. Well, there was a car ahead of me on Harvard as I was waiting to turn right on to Mt. Olive. I happened to glance to my right and saw the backup lights of a minivan illuminated. I figured they were just getting ready to back up when I was out of their way.
After a couple of seconds, I happened to look that way again and the minivan was moving...backing up with me still right behind it! Again I thought that they may have been trying to get a better view of oncoming traffic, but they kept backing up.
I kept thinking surely the driver was going to stop. But when he had backed to about a foot of my car, I laid on the horn. Well, when all was said and done, the back of the minivan was about six inches (maybe less) away from the rear passenger door and fender of my car.
If I had waited to sound my horn an instant longer, I’d be writing a bulletin article about being in my second wreck in less than two months (for the record, neither would have been my fault). But I sounded my horn and the driver of the minivan stopped and so I get to write about a near miss instead.
All of us have friends, family, acquaintances, coworkers, etc. (even complete strangers) who are slowly moving towards a wreck. They are heading towards disaster, spiritually speaking.
So what are you going to do about it? Let them keep going and hope they stop before it is too late? Hope that they see the error of their ways before time is up? Or are you going to sound your horn and warn them?
You see, if you don’t do what you can to warn them, then you, yourself, are also in danger. They’re heading for an “accident” and they’re going to take you with them...unless you warn them.
God has a plan. You have been put where you are for a reason. You may cross paths with someone today who may be heading towards eternal disaster and God has given you the chance to “honk your horn” and warn them.
If you fail to sound the warning, you fail to accomplish God’s purpose in your life. Another word for this is sin.
Some people may get upset when you warn them or when you warn others. The guy in the car ahead of me on Saturday was very unhappy that I sounded my horn long and loud. He probably thought I was honking at him, not aware of the potential for disaster behind him.
But the minivan’s rear end was at stake! But that’s not all: my car was at stake too. So I sounded my horn, got the other driver’s attention, and averted a collision.
The next time you see a person who is (spiritually) headed for disaster please remember that their soul is at stake! But that’s not all: YOUR SOUL may also be at stake.