Primary Duties Take Precedence

A man was given a highly responsible job of caring for a lighthouse along a rugged shore. His oil was supplied monthly so that the beacon would shine faithfully and brightly. Many a ship was guided safely past the craggy coast to safety by this light.

Visitors came frequently to the lighthouse. A woman came and pleaded for a little oil to use in her stove so that her infant could have warm milk. A father asked for oil that his son could be warmed during an attack of fever. A lad asked for oil for his lamp that he might study his lessons. The keeper was a kind and benevolent man and seeing the need, gave to each a jar of oil.

One night the lamp went out and the sea was tumultuous and dark. He realized that he had not replenished his supply of oil in his concern for the welfare of his visitors. During the stormy night, three giant sea vessels crashed upon the rocky coast and were lost.

The man was reprimanded sternly because he had been given one all important task--a supreme mission--important above all else, but because of  his desire to help what to him seemed to be a need, caused others to be lost.

APPLICATION: Today, churches are turning from the proclamation of the pure gospel of Christ to a social gospel. Humanitarian works are important but not as important as the salvation of souls. Bodies are important, but souls more so. Please look up and study. Luke 12:4,5; Matt. 16:24-26; Acts 6:1-4.

A watered-down: sermonette is not gospel preaching. Sectarians can preach most of what is heard from pulpits of liberal churches of Christ nowadays. We need straight preaching, punctuated by scripture and motivated out o f a love of the lost, a love for God, a loyalty to Christ and a fear of Hell. -- Dudley R. Spears

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