Focus Verse: When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. (18)
As believers in Jesus the Christ, we have a responsibility to unbelievers to warn them of the consequences that will come if they do not accept Christ as Savior. It is not enjoyable at all to tell someone that they will die and go to hell if they aren’t saved. One reason it is not enjoyable is because no one wants to hear that. No one wants to hear that they aren’t good enough for Heaven. Even some Christians don’t want to believe that their atheist best friend or their Wiccan mother-in-law will be going to hell just because they don’t believe in Jesus. It’s offensive. It sounds mean. But it’s the truth. And sometimes – most times – the truth is cold and hard. If we don’t warn unbelievers in order to save their lives, Christ will hold us accountable for their blood.
Focus Verse: For food and water will be scarce. They will be appalled at the sight of each other and will waste away because of their sin. (17)
Sin does cause people to waste away. Everyone, even those who are saved, eventually die because of original sin.
1 Timothy 3
Focus Verse: If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (15)
As members of God’s family, we are to conduct ourselves in a Godly manner. We can’t live any which way we want. Just as human parents take pride in children who are obedient, honest, and refrain from engaging in risky behavior, God is proud and pleased when His sons and daughters live in a noble, upright, and righteous manner.