The Dead Engineer

The conductor on the passenger train noticed that the train was rushing at a faster speed than usual around the curves, and that the engineer had failed to stop at a certain town. The conductor, sensing something was wrong, hurried through the cars. He climbed over the tender and into the cab of the engine and saw the engineer sitting motionless in his seat, with his hand on the throttle and gazing through his window. He also saw that the engineer was dead. What a shock it was to the people when they heard that a dead man had been running the train for the past twenty miles.

People in a church are often misled by an engineer (pastor) whose face is turned to the front and whose hand is resting on the throttle of ecclesiastical power. He appears to be a living engineer doing his duty, but is actually spiritually dead. Today, there are many men piloting the church who are going through the motions of directing the church on its mission in life, but are lifeless and spiritually dead. The train of life is important. The passengers are many… the souls of men, women, and children are so important, hell is so dreadful, and eternity is too long to be guided by a dead man in the driver’s seat. The conductor in our story was horrified at what he saw that day…

Jesus said to the angels (pastors) of the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, “I know thy works” (Revelation 3:8, KJV). He sees what is right and He sees what is wrong. He sees what needs to be done and He sees what is undone. Paul wrote to the Colossian church and sent a message to Archippus (probably the pastor of the Laodicean church), “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it” (Colossians 4:16-17, NASB). This is not the hour for “lightness” or flippancy, or for going through the motions of leading a congregation.

Pastor George Belobaba

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