There was this video with a very disturbing imagery of an army of World War II soldiers in a beautiful and extravagant club partying and enjoying their time. It was very luxurious indeed and they did not lack anything, but had all the food and alcohol to make the night unforgettable. However, what was truly going to be burnt into the pages of history books was what was happening outside this fellowship of supposed heroes… While they were having a nice time, bombs were destroying homes and other soldiers and innocent people were getting killed.
Another picture had sad similarities.
A cruise ship was out on the open seas. A storm had shipwrecked other people not far from them. They had planned a wonderful program with music and fine dining that evening. It cannot abandon this well-planned event. After all, this ship has gone out to save other people in the past, but today was a special day and nothing should dare come ruin the perfect program and the entertainment of the crowd.
In both instances, we can argue that they have done labor in the past and a short break shouldn’t matter. But it’s different isn’t it, when lives – especially thousands – are at stake? Something deep down in our guts is quite bothered by that idea and that’s a good thing.
When David heard that Uriah had not gone home, he summoned him and asked,
“What’s the matter? Why didn’t you go home last night after being away for so long?”
Uriah replied, “The Ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents, and Joab and my master’s men are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife?
I swear that I would never do such a thing.”
(2 Samuel 11:10-11 NLT)
The Church of Jesus Christ depicts a very different picture in the Bible. It may have been forgotten. It may have been even ignored for so long. But for those with a heart that desires God’s pleasure and loves his neighbors more than himself, we can be soldiers out in the open fields, fighting to save souls for the Kingdom of Heaven – something far greater than just saving lives for this world.
We can jump off our ships or fun events, risking our lives to save but a few. After all, I don’t think there’s anything remotely close to the fun and joy we will have at that Great Wedding Feast.
So, for this one season we have on earth, we can choose to be the living body of Christ, who died and served the world with God’s Love, rather than a body of consumers who just want to draw the most out of this life here on earth.
It’s your choice.