Perishing People

Does your heartbreak for those who don’t know Jesus? Do you find sharing your faith easy or hard?

My mother-in-law died a couple of years ago.  Unlike other family members that had died, she chose to be buried instead of cremated.

The fact that she was buried really messed with my head because although I knew her spirit was no longer on this earth I knew her body was buried in a particular place.  I must admit that I didn’t know what to do with that.

Was I supposed to visit the grave?  What was I supposed to do when I got there?  I knew I could not pray for her because she had already past.  There was no more to be said or done.  I just stood there speechless.

At that moment I was confronted with the finality of death.  There was no more interceding I could do on her behalf or any more conversations to be had.  Her fate was now sealed and I was unsure of how it turned out.

We only have a limited time to be able to speak truth and life into people’s lives.

So, do we feel desperation for the perishing?

Jesus wept for the perishing (Luke 19:41).  His heart broke for those who were blind to who He was and for those that were going to face destruction.   God says in Ezekiel 33:11 that He takes no pleasure in wicked people dying.

There are a lot of people around us who are going to perish and God’s heart is breaking.

The world is telling us to be quiet, to be politically correct and to dumb down our message.  But this is the exact time for us to rise up, just like the shepherd who goes out to seek and find the lost sheep.  We are commissioned by God to share His message of love and salvation through Christ Jesus without hesitation.

The longing of God’s heart is that none should perish but that all should repent (2 Peter 3:9).  And we as His children are encouraged to pray for all people (1 Tim 2:1-6) and we are also encouraged to tell them the ‘Good News’ (Matt 28:18-19).

We all know that God has asked us to go and share Him with the world; what holds us back?

Is it fear of rejection?  Is it that we don’t know what to say?  Is it apathy for the lost?

What can we do to push past these reasons that hold us back from sharing Him with those around us?

  1. Begin with prayer! Ask Holy Spirit to give you His heart for the lost and ask Him to equip you to be able to share with them.

  2. Share with people from your heart Tell them what being in relationship with God has meant to you. It’s hard for people to argue with your personal experience.

  3. Be courageous Step into the openings God creates for you.

God has given us a privileged position here on earth where we get to be His hands and feet.  We get to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves, part of God’s plans of salvation for the world.

Allow God to guide you into conversations that will save lives.


Lord,

I am sorry where I have been complacent about Your lost sheep.  Lord would You give me eyes to see where You are working and would You place words on my lips to speak Your truth and life into a dying world.

Amen

 

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