Many times, we as believers tend to be so consumed with our affairs that the agenda of ‘Reaching-Out’, ‘Evangelism’, ‘Connecting with Others’, ‘Sharing Christ’ etc. is diffused away or simply swept under the carpet.
We are living in an “It’s all about me”, consumeristic culture.
To me, I am convicted that our desire to grow spiritually and walk with God is just as important as our hunger to see lives coming into the kingdom of God.
By default, if we’re walking closely with God, that intimacy will naturally & instinctively stir up the PASSION in us to go and find lost souls.
The HEART OF EVANGELISM is all about the value of a soul.
Just like the parable of the lost sheep.
Luke 15:6-7 ” Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep which was lost. 7Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one [especially] wicked person who repents (changes his mind, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, and determines to enter upon a better course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.”
Indeed, there is always a joyous celebration over the one ‘lost’ sheep that has been found, which means the repentance of an unbeliever, the lost receiving salvation.
Jesus said in Hebrews 12:2 that “…for the JOY set before him….he endured the cross…“.
Everything that Jesus did on the cross was for the joy that one day, lost souls will find its way back to the Father.
God has given us all a common ministry, not the ones some of us may be familiar with e.g. Kids, Worship, Carecell ministries and so on.
It is the “Ministry of Reconciliation” as said in 2 Corinthians 5. This is the most important ministry that God has entrusted each one of us with. Some questions to ask yourselves are:
“How are you managing & involving yourself in this ministry?”
“Is the ministry still alive and active?”
“Are you taking ownership of this ministry?”
It is written, we’re all Christ’s ambassadors and God has committed to us this message of reconciliation.
We are called ‘Fishers of Men’ but are you constantly and consistently taking your nets, your fishing lines out in the open sea to fish?
The dangerous thing is that you have become so comfortable in your walk with God, so consumed by your own agendas and so content with your spiritual maturity that you have forgotten the agenda of God and lost the compassion for LOST SOULS, out in the world.
Whenever Jesus saw the crowds of lost souls, His heart was filled with compassion.
We need to ask God to fill our hearts with compassion, for us to see every individual out there without the love of God as sheep without their Shepherd, wandering around directionless, looking for love, hope and purpose. I like the lyrics of this song Hosanna from Hillsongs, especially the bridge:
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for your Kingdom’s cause
As I walk from Earth into Eternity
I believe, whoever wrote the lyrics must have encountered the very heart of God.
These words above are a reminder for each of us to continue to “love others” just like how God loves you, this is.”The Great Commandment”.
“The Great Commission” is a reminder for each one of us to have that heart of compassion, to take up the burden of how God is feeling for each lost soul.
“Everything you are, is for God’s kingdom’s cause, that your life is lived to see His kingdom come, His will be done”.