When did we stop caring about lost souls?
Why is it okay to skip church wide soul winning in order to have a family birthday party, sleep in or clean the bathroom?
We were given one job, one purpose when Jesus ascended into heaven:
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Jesus wants us to make soul winning our mission, not just something that we may or may not get around to.
As spoiled first world Americans we are more concerned about ourselves than the fact that the neighbor down the street is dying and on their way to hell. We are more concerned about our own to do list, our own popularity, our own agenda than to be concerned about their eternity.
If we don’t care who will?
When did friendship with the world take precedence over sharing the gospel? When did hanging out become more important than their soul? When you stop viewing the lost as a ministry focus and more as a friend you are less likely to share the gospel with them. You will be more concerned about losing a friend, missing out on all the good times or offending them. You like how they make you feel, what they can do for you than you do about their soul. When you aren’t constantly looking for a way to invite them to church or share the gospel you’ve moved into the friend zone. A place that is dangerous not only for Christians but also for the lost.
When we become friends with the lost, we lose our chance to share the gospel. You said you’ll invite them to church but it never comes up. You don’t want to lose her friendship, things might get awkward and on and on the excuses go.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When we become friends with the lost we are letting the way of the world slowly creep into our own lives. It doesn’t work the other way around. You are not going to make your lost friend become more holy, they are going to change your convictions and standards. The way of the world will start creeping into your dress, your speech, your clothing and hair choices. Before you know it you’re unrecognizable to those judgemental Christians down in the church house. Who do they think they are anyway? Your lost friend’s influence of sin is greater than your light all because you became friends and stopped caring about their lost soul. You let your fear, insecurity, and pride stop you from taking a stand and in return, they’re influencing you more than you are them. It’s a dangerous path, my friend.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Do the lost see Jesus in you? Or do they see you conforming to their way of thinking, living, and acting? Do they see a Christian willing to go with the flow of culture or willing to take a stand? Willing to live a separated life?
What about soul winning?
Why do we find it so easy to skip soul winning activities? I daresay we’ve become a lazy and prideful generation of Christians. We aren’t going to see revival happen if we won’t get off our behinds and go knock on some doors and say “hey friend, Jesus saves!”. Why is it so hard to devote one Saturday every 3 months to soul winning. Or one night a week to soul win? Or whatever schedule your church has set up. Why is that family party more important than lost souls?
Why do we think that lost souls aren’t worth getting up and out of the house?
Why do we think of soul winning as an inconvenience in our prime time television?
When did lost souls take a back seat to Christians?
Why can’t you pick a different day for parties and take a stand that soul winning is important? Even if it means upsetting other family members. It’s time we Christians get a backbone!
It’s time to stop making excuses.
The lost aren’t going to hear if we don’t go and tell them.
It’s time that we start caring about the lost souls.
It’s time to risk those awkward moments with your lost friends and invite them out to church so many times that they have to say yes just to make you happy. And then keep doing it until they get saved or tell you to stop asking (at which point you walk away from that relationship so you don’t risk the chance that their influence over you changing your heart). It’s time to share blessings and how Jesus provided or worked something out in your family life. It’s time to proudly brag on Jesus to the lost friends. Be a light, not a conformer!
It’s time to risk rejection when you try to hand someone a tract.
It’s time to make soul winning events a priority.
Jesus came to save the lost.
It’s our job to tell the lost!
What are your thoughts on winning lost souls? Are we Christians dropping the ball?
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