I was passing Hounslow Heath last Sunday morning and as a result went past the entrance to the Car Boot Sale which takes place there each Sunday. What struck me was how busy it was. People leaving laden down with goods: the place seemingly heaving with people.
So many people chasing after so many things in this world. And if it was a car boot sale, I am left thinking, that they were probably of dubious character.
I was led to muse upon the contrast between people’s attitudes to their gains in this world and their gains for eternity. So much energy and commitment is given to progressing in this world. Contrast that to how indifferent people are as regards to the welfare of their souls; how many people are interested in doing good for their souls.
So many people filled with excitement at obtaining their bargains at the Car Boot Sale, but no interest in being in church to pursue the things of eternal benefit.
The Puritans called the Lord’s Day; the “Market Day of the Soul.” This expression raises implications from two directions. Let me use the market analogy to express this further.
Seller: As churches and as Christians, are we faithfully and attractively presenting our product? Is the gospel of Jesus Christ present and living among us in an attractive way? Is it clear what God requires? And do we make it clear that this “product” is a must have? Perhaps many pass by our stall because we appear casual and indifferent about our product. Surely this should not be, for after all our product is the great gospel of Jesus the Son of God and how He came to bring eternal life.
Buyer: How can anyone be casual about making their peace with God? This is your biggest need. This product is there to satisfy all you ultimately need for eternity. The embracing of this Saviour means eternal blessing. It means you have a Lord and Saviour to care for you now and to be with you for all eternity. You must come and buy. Hear these words from Isaiah 55:1:
‘Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Fellow Christians, let us long for the day when rather than piling into the Car Boot sale, people will be piling into the churches to hear the Words of life, We prayerfully look forward to days when we see people coming in among us to buy the most precious things that can be obtained.