Ray Comfort tells the following story about the Christian’s responsibility: “A lighthouse keeper gained a reputation of being a very kind man. He would give free fuel to ships that miscalculated the amount of fuel needed to reach their destination point. One night during a storm, lightning struck his lighthouse and put out the light. He immediately turned on his generator, but it soon ran out of fuel – he had given his reserves to passing ships. During the dark night, a ship struck the rocks and many were lost.
At the lighthouse keeper’s trial, the judge knew of his reputation as a kind man and wept as he passed sentence. He charged the lighthouse keeper with neglecting his primary responsibility: to keep the light shining. Just as is the Christian’s responsibility.
The church can so often get caught up in legitimate acts of kindness – standing for political righteousness, feeding the hungry, etc. – but our primary task is to warn sinners of danger. We are to keep the light of the gospel shining so that sinners can avoid the jagged-edged rocks of wrath and escape being eternally damned.
Great Commission Resource Centers is one way to help your church keep the light shining. Your Regional State Missionaries are available to come alongside your church and help you to become a more effective GCRC.