Charles Swindoll relates the story of an isolated tribe in South America whose people were dying prematurely from an unknown cause. Medical specialists were eventually sent to the area in an effort to ascertain the cause and offer possible solutions.
Following a painstaking investigation, the cause of premature death was determined. A disease was being transmitted by the bite of an insect that lived within the walls of their adobe homes. Equipped with this knowledge, the medical authorities presented the tribe with three viable options.
- They could move to another area where the offending insects did not thrive.
- They could burn down their homes and rebuild them with materials that would not be
favorable for the insects.
- They could utilize modern insecticides to rid their homes of the deadly insects.
Surprisingly, the tribe decided to do nothing, and continue to die prematurely as they had done for generations.
Unfortunately, this tragic example is not unique. For instance, many of us are aware of people that persist in self-destructive habits like drinking or abusing drugs, despite the fact that they perpetually struggle with health, emotional, family, job or legal issues.
Even more tragic are the multitudes that continue to be LOST. I’m not just referring to those that have never heard about Jesus, but to those that have been repeatedly exposed to the gospel, and do nothing. Or to those that previously obeyed the gospel, but are no longer faithful to Christ. And what of those Christians that maintain the "appearance of Christianity”, but lead a “double life”?
In the aforementioned examples, DOING NOTHING is the worst option possible. “…to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (Jam. 4:17).
Our time on earth is short - James 4:14. If you are not right with God, DO SOMETHING today.
Jesus, always Jesus!