“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.” Mark 13:32-33
Ted Muholland, a well-liked man with a sincere heart, was the proud owner of eight new steel mills in southern Illinois. After hiring 400 employees, only four months later, Muholland had the most successful steel mill business in the area. One of the perks for working for Muholland was a local community built beside the mills, allowing employees to easily get to work and offering free family housing.
The steel mills operated 24/7, rain or shine. The goal was shipping as much steel up and down the Mississippi River as possible, in hopes of becoming the top steel salesman in all the Mid-West. Muholland even began exporting his steel, sending 80,000 tons to Ireland and Spain within the course of two years. Four years later, his steel empire had become king. Searching for a story, a local reporter decided to travel to Muholland’s steel mill empire, uncertain of what he’d find.
When he arrived, he was greeted cordially by employees and their families; he even had dinner with Mr. Muholland himself. However, the reporter was troubled. He couldn’t seem to jot down any notes for his story. He also developed a slight migraine. His lack of creativity troubled him. He’d never experienced this before. After dinner with Mr. Muholland, he stepped outside and started walking towards the guest house he’d be in for the night. There, in front of him, he found his answer: the steel mills! The constant pounding, drilling, and forging was killing his senses. He dreaded going to the guest house, anxious he wouldn’t get any sleep. That night, he tossed and turned, even cramming pencils in his ears at one point to block out all the sounds. Nothing worked, resulting in no sleep.
The next morning, sitting on the porch, he was speechless when he saw all the workers and their families going about their day, acting like nothing had kept them up. He ran over to a woman passing by, asking her if she had been kept awake by the steel mills. She replied, “Isn’t it lovely? It takes a while to get used to, but now, I don’t even hear it.” For the entire day, the reporter sluggishly moved around, trying to take some quality pictures and jot down any story ideas. After getting dinner on his own that night, he tried going to bed around 8:00pm, but the torturous sounds of the steel mills kept pounding close by.
Around 2:00am that night, suddenly, the unthinkable happened: the power in the whole town went out. The sound of the steel mills ceased. There was utter silence and serenity throughout the entire town. The reporter leapt for joy in his room, followed by quickly huddling under the covers so he could fall asleep. Moments later, he began hearing faint noises outside his window. He looked outside the window to discover all the townspeople walking around with lanterns and flashlights, wondering what had happened to the rhythmic pounding of steel. The townspeople were unable to sleep. They had gotten so used to the noise that once it was gone, they were flabbergasted with what to do next. The reporter on the other hand, slept like a baby. Aiming to hit the road by sunrise, he discovered that the power was still out, the steel machines lifeless, and the citizens in delirious panic.
You see friends, the world has heard the constant pounding and preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ for centuries, yet, it still sleeps soundly. Someday, the church and gospel will be gone with the RETURN of Jesus Christ. This will happen on a day you and I could never predict. We also should never pretend like we have any authority on the subject (Acts 1:7). Christ will return for His people, His Remnant. Are we ready? Are we excited? Or are we sleeping soundly because we’ve grown complacent? If we love Jesus, we must love His bride, the church. Join us at New Covenant Presbyterian each Sunday morning to be awakened by the gospel.
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