I was sitting in the conference room on a Friday when I heard a familiar beep-beep- beep sound. It’s the melodic sound of vehicle backing up. The invention was by Yamaguchi Electric Company they have been around since 1963. In America they sound at up 112 decibels at a frequency of 1000 hertz. They are designed to warn the unaware that a vehicle is backing up and they should get out of the way.
The beeping that I heard was from one of our busses as our students leaving for a weekend conference. The noise sure got my attention and reminded me of the power of warnings. Jesus included a lot of warnings throughout his teaching. One example in Luke 12 was in the midst of a larger crowd that gathered. His disciples got closer to him and Jesus said, “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, they just pretend to be godly. Everything that is secret will be brought out into the open. Everything that is hidden will be uncovered. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight. What you have whispered to someone behind closed doors will be shouted from the rooftops.”
That is a pretty sobering warning. We can pretend we are ok, because we are religious doing rituals. Since were not doing certain “bad” sins we feel good about our religious effort. Often times our true character or our true nature is not found in those kind of actions. We help someone fix a tire and feel good about it. The truth is our true character comes our more in our reactions to people and everyday life. And one day, we wont be able to hide behind our “religious activity” because our true nature will be discovered.
If you hear that beep, beep, beep, I suggest to not be startled. Use it as a reminder that your only hope is not in this world. And it’s not in your religious actions, but in the Christ who changes hearts.
Luke 12:2 New International Version (NIV)
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.