Found throughout the Bible are many examples of how we are to carry out everyday life in this world. Something I noticed that seems to show up over and over is a specific attitude to take as it concerns spreading the word of the Gospel. And it can be summed up with a popular urban term – hammer down.
The loose definition of hammer down is ‘step on the gas!’ Pedal to the metal, so to speak. When a trucker has been driving cross-country for days and he is almost to his destination, rather than to slow down to take a break, he hammers down to get the job done. After 1,200 or more miles, when all that remains between payday, a few days off, and a loving wife is to make it to the next town, it’s time to hammer down! This is the time in which we as Christians find ourselves. Commissioned over 2,000 years ago, the Church can see the eastern sky begin to break. The signs all around us show its time to hammer down!
In Exodus 12, after various terrible plagues and curses upon Egypt, the Pharaoh final relented and gave in to the demands of Moses to let the Children of Israel go: “And he called Moses and Aaron by night and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people … and go ….” (Exodus 12:31a). After many months since receiving directions from God on Mt. Sinai, now it was time for Moses, and those trusting God, to hammer down!
Many years later, it was time for Jesus to begin and fulfill His ministry on earth. Most scholars agree He was the head of His household and probably worked to take care of His mother and siblings. At age 30, Mark tells us in chapter one verse 9 He was baptized. He came up out of the water and the Holy Spirit landed on Him and a voice from heaven said ‘You are My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased’. The Bible clearly states, in verse 12 “and immediately the Spirit led Him into the wilderness.” In other words, after all the prep time and anticipation of what was to happen, both to Him and to those who would come into contact with Him, now it was time to hammer down!
Just over three years later, after Jesus conquered hell and the grave at Calvary, the Disciples were gathered together, waiting. They had seen the resurrection and had it settled in their hearts Jesus was in fact the Messiah and that they were called, by Him, to carry the Gospel message to a lost and perverse world. Not sure what to expect, they waited in the Upper Room on the Temple Mount. In Acts chapter two, they all got what they were waiting for. They were filled with the Holy Spirit, as promised by the Lord, and after the rowdy chaos drew much attention, you know what time it was!
Flash forward to this hour.
With deviants in charge of our financial and political systems, with anti-Christian forces obtaining the upper hand around the world, and the world-wide church systems seemingly losing ground daily to political correctness, we must understand even the devil knows his time is short. It’s about to come to a head, so to speak. Therefore, the Church of Jesus Christ, the Body, have got to stomp on the clutch, shift into the higher gear, grip the steering wheel firmly, and hammer down! The finale is literally just over the horizon!