The firehouse has this unique smell to it. Whenever I walk in to the station, I am instantly overcome by the aroma. It’s not a bad smell. To the fireman however, it smells like Home.
I had not been to the station for a call in quite some time. So today, when the whistle blew as I was driving home, I was happy to be reunited with my lifelong love once again. The trucks were already gone when I got there, so the station was quiet. I walked around that familiar place, remembering times and friends long forgotten. I have spent over 20 years here, so I have many pleasant memories to think back on. If you are not familiar with the Volunteer Fire Service, the way it works is quite simple. You put water on the fire, and the fire goes out! Okay, I know, that’s not how it really works. Volunteer Fireman are a special breed. They join the Fire Department because they want to help people. They train all the time, and answer whenever someone calls. And they do it for FREE. Yes, you heard me. For FREE. These folks leave their families behind, and run out the door whenever they hear the siren blow. What makes them do it? Why would they care?? If you ask me, it’s because the love of the mission gets in their blood stream & they cant help themselves. Someone is lost, hurt or about to die, and they need help.
The Fireman remind me a lot of the Church. The Church is a group of volunteers with a fourfold mission to fulfill.
#1 Win people to Christ, #2 Disciple them to do the same, #3 Worship together, #4 Love unconditionally.
Like the fireman, they do it with virtually no budget, and because they want to help hurting people.
But also like the Fireman, the Church’s Volunteers are dwindling.
In Matthew Chapter 28, Jesus gave us a mission. He said:
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
But sometimes we forget to answer the call. You see, our job here is to make disciples, then teach them to do the same. We can’t do that if we don’t go! In today’s culture, I think we get comfortable just “Going” to church. You know, coming in, hearing the message and then just going home. Then it’s back to our normal lives, and we forget about church till next Sunday. That’s not what we are Called by scripture to do! We have to be motivated to BE the church. In every aspect of our lives! Study the word, know what it says. Then, when the time comes (When the whistle blows) we will be ready to jump into action and help that person, that you know needs to hear the truth from someone who they trust. You.
We as the church must be motivated to fulfill the Great Commission. Our mission is not complete. We have to be prepared to answer the call, whatever it is.
If not us, then who?
If not now, then when?