We have been working on our passion for the unchurched and what it takes to produce that passion as well as a few components to develop.
Let’s start out with the paragraph below that I could not find the author to give credit. But some powerful thoughts.
‘The gospel of a broken heart demands the ministry of bleeding hearts. When our sympathy loses its pang we can no longer be the servants of passion. We can never heal the needs we do not feel. Stoic hearts can never be heralds of the passion. We must pity if we would redeem. We must bleed if we would be ministers of the saving blood.’
As always, I want to make a clear understanding is given. God is the one who saves and heals. We are just the vessels that He uses. We have to be ready and clean for Him to pour the necessary things into us zoo we can operate in His anointing. And when it is all said and done and success is given. All glory and praise belongs to God.
A couple of questions for you to ponder.
How much real concern do you have for those who are without knowledge of the Savior?
Do you fail to win the lost to Christ because you do not feel the depth of their need?
Think about these two questions and we can address these in our discussion afterwards in the comment section below.
In Matthew 9:37 & 38 JESUS SENT HIS DISCIPLES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
37: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;
38: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
Jesus places three responsibilities on the shoulders of his people.
1. Visualize – See the harvest! Pick a row of chairs at church and see them filled with people you are going to win. Recognize that not everyone is saved and millions are poised on the edge of everlasting damnation! We also need to see that the harvest is just waiting to be gleaned! We will never reap until we first enter the field! Mark 16:15, And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
2. Agonize – “Pray ye therefore.” This is a call to be broken and burdened over the plight of the lost. There are few broken hearts over the lost in our day! We need to attack Hell on their behalf, constantly praying for them and seeking the Lord for the souls of sinners. We can put together the best events, functions, programs but if it doesn’t have a foundation of prayer & fasting it will not have lasting results. Prayer really does change things. Let us pray like the world is going to end tomorrow.
3. Evangelize – “Do the work of an evangelist” It isn’t enough to see the need, nor is it enough to pray for the lost and be concerned for their souls. Jesus desires that each of us do the work of an evangelist, Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. So we have the power that it take to accomplish what God has called us to do.
So Visualize, Agonize and Evangelize are three responsibilities or compaonts that we need to go to work on and practice.
How do we get ourselves motivated to practice this very important part of our calling in the Kingdom of God? We know we must be given to prayer, fasting, studying the Bible and being in obedience to His Word. There are three more ways to ignite or reignite your fire.
1. Read the classics.
Spurgeon, Whitefield, Wesley, and Moody if you want to get a dose of old school passion for evangelism. Or, better yet, read Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards. The chills will line your spine and could soak through like Kerosene to your heart. At that point, well, it only takes a spark!
Contrary to what those who exegete culture more than what Scripture may tell you, these subjects can be not only compelling to the postmodern mind, but very motivational to the Christian one.
How can you read the words of Spurgeon about hell and not be moved, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. Let us wrap our arms around their knees…let no one go to hell unwarned and unprayed for.”
2. Pray for those you know who don’t know Jesus.
It’s hard to pray for people who are lost without getting lost in emotion over their darkened souls. It could be an uncle, neighbor, co-worker, classmate, or friend. Whoever it is, plead to God on behalf of unregenerate hearts daily. Beg Him to save them. As you do, your heart will learn to beat in rhythm with God’s will. You will begin to feel for them as He does. Soon your prayer will echo Paul’s desire for the Israelites in Romans 10:1, “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.”
3. Start sharing your faith.
As one expert put it, “Emotion follows motion.” When you start obeying the command of Christ to preach the gospel (motion), then you will begin to gain the heart of Christ as you do (emotion.)
How do you share this simple message? Just remember the cross and take them to it. As you walk them down your own Via Dolorosa, you can explain why Jesus had to drag His cross along that same path to suffer in our place for our sins. You can point them to Golgotha, the Place of the Skull, where Christ was pierced with a thorny crown and His holy hands were nailed to a rugged piece of wood. As you explain all of this, your heart, if it is truly filled with the Spirit, cannot help but be engulfed in the holy flames of renewed, redemptive zeal.
But don’t leave your friend at the foot of the cross just to gaze at a corpse. Take them to the empty tomb. Let their heart and yours be filled with the reality that Jesus has arisen and has made his abode in the souls of those who simply trust in Him alone to save them. You will realize, as you explain these truths to your unreached friend, that this same Jesus, who died for your sins, was buried, and rose again, has committed arson in your soul.
You will find yourself ablaze once again.
When you set your soul on fire, they will come and watch you burn. Learn by doing.
Now in our discussion let’s bring those two questions we mention earlier.
How much real concern do we have for those who are without knowledge of the Savior?
Do we fail to win the lost to Christ because we do not feel the depth of their need?
Let’s be honest. I will work with you to overcome the barriers you may have. Just leave your questions, thoughts or comments below. I will respond. Also, please share this in your social media so that it may bless someone else.
Blessings to you in everything you do in the Kingdom.