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The Blaze of Divine Urgency

In this age of tepid devotion and languid spirituality, how often are we found content, reclining in the comfort of religious routines and empty rituals? We adorn ourselves in the garments of formality, yet our hearts are void of fervor. Hearken to the words of our Lord, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8). What a tragic indictment against the modern church!


Our assemblies are crowded, yet hell's mouth remains agape, voraciously consuming the souls of men. How can we be at ease in Zion when the lost teeter on the brink of eternal damnation? “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (Matthew 9:37). We have erected grand sanctuaries and elaborated our liturgies, yet the true altar fires are extinguished. The church today is like a museum of the saints, relics of past glories, but where is the pulsating urgency of Pentecost?


Brethren, I beseech you, let us not slumber in the stupor of ceremonialism. Let our hearts be kindled afresh by the Holy Ghost, ignited with a blaze of divine urgency. “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29). We are entrusted with a gospel that is potent and alive, capable of snatching souls from the very jaws of hell.


Let us envision the multitudes standing on the precipice of eternity, dangling over the abyss of unending torment. Can we bear the thought of their descent without lifting a hand to rescue the perishing? “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 1:23). There is no room for apathy; the hour is too critical, the stakes too high.


Oh, that we might be consumed with a holy zeal, driven by the compelling vision of Christ crucified, risen, and coming again! The apostle Paul declared, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11). Let this divine compulsion seize our spirits, propelling us into the highways and byways, compelling them to come in, that His house may be filled.


A church that is aflame with the fire of divine urgency will not be confined to the four walls of a building. It will storm the very gates of hell with the irresistible force of love and truth. “And of some have compassion, making a difference” (Jude 1:22). Here lies our mandate—to make a difference in a world submerged in darkness, to shine forth as beacons of hope, directing souls to the glorious light of salvation.


Beloved, may we rise from the ashes of complacency, shedding the shackles of routine religion, and take up the mantle of fervent intercession and passionate proclamation. Let us be ablaze, not with the flickering flames of human effort, but with the consuming fire of the Holy Spirit. For indeed, our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).


Rise up, saints of God, and let the world witness a church that is not just alive, but ablaze with the urgency of eternity. So, with hearts set on fire by the divine spark, let us go forth, rescuing the perishing, bringing them into the everlasting embrace of our Savior.


Amen.