014: Concerned for the fate of others
“I am for certain informed that this our city will be burned with fire from Heaven; in which fearful overthrow, both myself, with thee, my wife, and you, my sweet babes, shall miserably come to ruin, except (the which yet I see not) some way of escape can be found, whereby we may be delivered.” (John Bunyan)
The first thing the man with the burden and under conviction of sin does in Pilgrim’s Progress, is go to his house and speaks to his wife and children, just like Andrew who after meeting Jesus went and brought Peter to Him (John 1:40-42).
He is greatly concerned, not only for his own fate, but the fate of his family.
So he warns them of the danger they are in. He shares with them what he knows. Words are necessary.
The city, representing this world which we live in, is the city of destruction. God’s judgment is coming upon it and they will be consumed if no way to escape is found.
We won’t speak to other people and warn them of the danger they are in, unless we believe they are in danger because of their sin, and unless we are concerned for them because they are.
(Photo: Julia Joppien)