People are lost.
People are searching.
People feel as if they have no one to turn to.
Searching souls want answers.
People need the LORD.
Will you be that light on a hill, shining the light of Christ’s love to lost souls seeking the refuge that only God can give?
“I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.” Psalms 142:4
Jesus came for souls.
What is your focus?
He died for all men.
That’s the whole reason He came at His Father’s beckoning. He was the only One qualified to “stand in the gap” between Holy God and fallen mankind (Ezekiel 22:30).
God cares for all those mean, sinful, hurting souls.
Do I care for them?
Do you care for them?
Many lost souls lie desperately pining away in their lost condition. They have no one to talk to about the God who made them and put that knowledge of Himself in their hearts, something they can’t get away from and that nags them day and night (Romans 1:19-20). They don’t know what to do or where to look for help. They try in vain to cover their dismal, empty condition with all kinds of sin and other pleasures of this fleeting life. They cry:
“No man cared for my soul.” Psalms 142:2
Will you care for their soul like Jesus did for yours and theirs? (Luke 19:10)
Jesus had time and all the wherewithal to come and die for our sins.
Will you have time to be used of Him?
Will you take time to reach those for whom He bled and rose again?
Will you set yourself aside so that they can know Him who is “the life”? (John 14:6
Will you truly care for the souls of men? If so, read these following words with a sponge-like desire and attentiveness and God will light the way and use you beyond your most most far-reaching imagination.
Through the years I have been blessed to know many soul winners. One of the things that distinguishes them is the kindness in their hearts and lives. They love God and love others as Jesus commanded (Mathew 22:37-40). They abide in Christ. They dwell richly in His love. They have something from out of this world, something from God. They are decidedly and are not looking left or right. They are therefore “partakers of the divine nature” of God that draws men to Him (2 Peter 1:3-4)
The Secret Weapon of Kindness
Kindness is a weapon. It comes from that daily dying friends. When our lives are laid down, we are not seeking our own good or our own things (Luke 9:23-24; 2 Corinthians 4:10-12). No, we are seeking first the kingdom of God and all these other things of His kingdom are being added to our hearts and lives (Matthew 6:33). Kindness is one of those things.
There have been numerous people who in the natural would or did hate me due to their natural hatred. For example, many lesbian type women do not like me or any man for that matter. Yet, in so many cases, due to flooding them with authentic kindness and a warm smile, their hearts are melted and open. This happens all the time.
We have a distinct advantage because no one in the world (those outside of Christ) truly care for lost souls. So, when they see God’s love in us, they are drawn and many times delighted.
Taunting lost souls is not what Christ and His apostles or His early church did. They preached Jesus and the Gospel (Matthew 10:1-8; Acts 5:42, etc.). To those who do not receive the Gospel message, Jesus says for us to simply dust off our feet and move on and go spead His love to others. God never forces His blessed salvation upon anyone and we should have that firmly fixed in our thinking. At the same time, we must never deal arrogantly, take it personal, or possess a bad attitude. We must never defame Christ by misrepresenting Him who came to die – to do men good and not evil, to save and not destroy (Luke 9:56; John 3:17). Perhaps leaving a good taste in the mouths of those who at this time are rejecting the Good News, will later work (latently) to lead them to Jesus. This has happened over and over for centuries. Those who once mocked later repented and were saved. Some of us reading these very words did the same thing before Christ saved us. On the cross, speaking of His murderers, Jesus said “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Stephen, while being stoned to death, followed Jesus. He also prayed to the Father for those who were killing him. – “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts 7:59-60)
Mercy bridges the gap between divine holiness and human depravity/spiritual poverty. Did God not show abundant, sheer mercy upon you and I when He reached out and found us in our sins and saved us? (Titus 3:2-7) Jesus bled to make intercession and rescue those precious souls (Isaiah 53). That’s exactly WHY He came, right? (1 Timothy 1:15) Taunting sinners of any flavor (Muslim, Mormon, gothic, Catholic, rank heathen, or otherwise) is not of God. IF you have a certain prejudice with people of a certain nationality, religion or otherwise, please get delivered of that. Prayerfully read the words of our Savior in Matthew 5:44-48 and employ them.
Yes, Elijah mocked the rebellious false prophets on Mt Carmel but I don’t think that’s the same as unnecessarily taunting as we see some doing today (1 Kings 18). Those who taunt seem to have a hateful spirit like the immature disciples in the early days. See Luke 9:50-60. The disciples wanted to call down fire from heaven and Jesus rebuked them, right?
Well perhaps there is a “sanctified” mocking such as was the case when Elijah faced off the false prophets on Mt Carmel. But, this obviously had divine warrant. To approach those outside the faith as if they are our enemies and with taunting, isn’t going to accomplish the will of God. Remember what James 1:20says? If they don’t receive the truth, we simply shake off the dust and move on to tell others.
If you look at this ministry site, you will see a whole lot of very hard Word. Hopefully it’s done in the right spirit. Just saying. I am speaking here about unnecessary, unwarranted, hateful taunting such as is done by some hardened street preachers today who have taken the rejection they receive personally instead of wearing such as a badge of honor that’s going to merit them eternal rewards (if they don’t reacted wrongly to it). Matthew 5:10-12.
Truth must be declared in its undiluted nature but not using God’s Word to attack folks out of our own hateful disposition.
For the most part, this writing pertains to the way Christians approach the lost. The people we see being most severely rebuked in Scripture are usually the rebellious RELIGIOUS folks that are supposed to know better (Matthew 23).
Just WHAT is motivating some to taunt? Could it be self-righteousness in their own hearts?
“And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” Luke 9:53-56
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17
Is the LORD not bringing souls who have known nothing but their Muslim religion to our doorstep to win to Him? It’s easier that way isn’t it? Well, just think – Just what if you had to go into their land …. It’s much better to have them here to win to Christ. Taunting or showing hatred surely won’t win them to the One who “is love” and is quite a contradictory message to send them. Is hatred what Jesus Christ is all about? God bless each of us to be granted from Him a heart of flesh, mercy, and grace multiplied (Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews 13:9; 2 Peter 1:2; 3:18).
Have you prayerfully poured over 1 Corinthians 13 lately friend?
A Simple Smile Goes a Long Way
I have personally led dozens of people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ by simply showing them neighborly kindness which led to their curiosity of why I was different. All of God’s children are different – in a good way. We are the only people on His planet who have His fruit in our lives due to the work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian. There are nine dimensions of the “fruit of the Spirit” and one of them is “kindness.” (Galatians 5:22-23) Kindness. Yes, kindness. If we are nothing else to people, let us be kind to them. The Bible says “Be ye kind.” (Ephesians 4:32) Kindness – God’s kindness in us – will lead people to HIM who bears that blessed fruit in our lives. Let your light shine today so that others can see God’s love in your which comes only by way of being born into His family through Jesus Christ – “born again.” (John 3:3, 7)
Why are some people winning souls and some aren’t?
The answer is simple.
Some people are hungering for more of Jesus, pouring over His blessed promises, and having His beautiful, bountiful fruit produced in their lives. They treasure His “exceeding great and precious promises” because they love Him and want more of His working in their lives. They covet and pray daily to be used more of Him.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
Beloved, go ahead and smile at someone you don’t know today. Look at them instead of ignoring their existence that God gave them and the world.
A smile always increases face value and usually delights the person you care enough about to smile at.
When passing out Gospel literature, smile. Show His loving kindness as He has so abundantly shown you through Jesus Christ (Titus 3:4-7). That kindness you display when handing out a Gospel tract or booklet, will make that person you hand it to want to read it. They will want what you have. Remember, only Christ’s body has His fruit, without exception.
Remember, God wants to use us to draw men to Him and not ourselves and yet, He uses His people to draw people to Him.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Now, just after He makes this statement, our LORD addresses this very issue of loving folks we don’t yet know. First, He instructs us to love even our enemies, then He tells us to get out of our own box, reach out with a smile and a handshake and greet people we don’t know. If God shows kindness to them, how dare we not do so.
44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:44-48
If we do not have joy at this time in your life, it can only be due to our lack of abiding in Christ – in the crucified life He mandated. Read John 15 today friend! When His joy fills our hearts, it will overflow upon those around us and God will be glorified through Jesus Christ our LORD!
Now remember, the joy of the LORD really is your strength.
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
You are His and He is all yours.
“As he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17
Of this point, a follower of Jesus notes:
“Amen! I have seen kindness, smiles and friendliness to melt icebergs in my life! This is so true! It is upsetting to see Christians not smiling. They rather look like they were weaned on a pickle! If you have God, you have everything! But it seems like they do not value God enough.
If you are saved, at least look and act like you received the biggest blessing and gift ever!” Cecilia
He sends you today. He sends you with all the infinite power of Heaven. There is no lack in God and therefore there is no lack in that divine power He will send you forth in to do what He sends you to do.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20
Pass This On to Others to Encourage Them.
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