We all have occasional nights we just can’t sleep. But, what I’m about to share with you has kept me up late night after night. That is until I know I’ve done everything in my heart to do something about it. Let me explain.
I’ll never forget the words of an evangelist friend who prayed, “Dear God help me never get used to men, women, boys, and girls dying and going to Hell.” Over 20 years later, I still have these words written down in the front of my bible and tattooed in my heart. I’m pray God continues to burn within me a passion to reach out to the countless who need me to never forget it.
Do you know many believe 7 out 10 in this world don’t know Jesus? Which if true means 70% of the world’s population is destined to bust Hell wide open unless they find Jesus. Do you know how these people can find Jesus? By people like you and me doing all we can, while we can to share the hope that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sadly, many profession Christians will read this and go on about their business as usual. But, I’ve not been able to go back to business as usual ever since I realized this truth. You see, I actually believe God’s word when it says that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) I believe that “God so loved the world that He sent His only son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. And that whoever does not believe stands condemned already.” (John 3:16-17)
I also believe that as long as someone is still breathing there is hope. Just like the thief on the cross beside Jesus was forgiven in his last hours. He was guaranteed a place in Heaven. You and I are never too far gone and out of God’s reach. For this reason, I know that hope abounds as long as opportunity exists to share that hope.
Sadly, most Christians have only become known as another club of self-centered and self-righteous folks. Most don’t attend a church which is a place God designed to encourage us and remind us of our God given mission. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Fellow believers know that once this no longer keeps you up at night your heart has drifted. You’ve obviously forgotten what it feels to be lost. And, I have to wonder if you really believe that with Jesus we can have hope and apart from Jesus we have nothing that will last.
There should never be a day that you aren’t looking for ways to be God’s light in the darkness and witness to the lost. God is not asking you to take a mission trip clear across the world, but rather begin living on mission wherever life may carry you. “Dear God, Help us never get used to men, women, boys and girls dying and going to Hell.”
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15)
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