Arriving to church to prepare for the Sunday morning services, I heard an owl in the early pre-dawn mist. Sitting in my car I looked around to try to find where he had chosen to perch. I finally spied him sitting on the church steeple calling out his “who…who… who”, in the darkness. This large great horned owl boldly sang out his owl-song to anyone who chose to listen. I was so honored that he had chosen our church steeple to proclaim his message.
At the end of the book of Revelation God has a final message for anyone willing to listen. As He closes His revelation to man He offers us a haunting challenge much like my friend the owl. Revelation 22:17 also contains a “who”. It boldly tells us: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely”. God calls out to “whosoever will” to take the water of life. This is our Lord’s offer of salvation to anyone who will believe in His Son Jesus Christ and accept Him as Lord and Savior.
The owl chose our church steeple as his pulpit to call out his message. What a challenge to those of us who are followers of Christ. Jesus has entrusted the message of His gospel to the church. What a privilege, yet what a responsibility. The good news of the gospel is only good news if it reaches those outside the family. We need to be constantly thinking of ways to get this saving gospel to those who are outside of the 4 walls of the church. By building bridges to our unchurched friends we then speak to them about the Savior. We should use every opportunity to invite folks to venues where the gospel is proclaimed. The church needs to use new technologies to reach out to the lost as well.
That owl chose our steeple to call out his message. Jesus has chosen His church to proclaim His gospel to whosoever will.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation