Colossians 3:12 (nlt) --- So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
Jay needs our prayers. Jay is an elderly gentleman that lives in rural south Georgia. He has cancer. He is lost. Not long ago Jay admitted that he was headed to hell. He also said that was fine.
I cannot tell you what that statement does to me. It hurts deep inside. To know that a person doesn't know Jesus rips at my heart, especially when I have seen their face. Jay is my sister-in-law's dad. Not too many years ago his precious wife passed away. She knew Jesus. Yet Jay has lived a tough life, and maybe his view of God is just not what we have seen.
Pray for Jay. For his salvation. For him to see God.
When is the last time you hurt over a lost person or over someone who was in the middle of spiritual crisis? Far too often it seems that we isolate ourselves for selfish reasons. We have to guard against that.
God saved us with someone else in mind (a former pastor of mine said that all the time, and it is true). Do we care that people are saved or lost? Do we really care? The church is set up for that reason. We are given hope not just for us but for others.
A month ago The Community Fellowship took a page out of NewSpring Church's book and begin to write the names of lost people on a wall at church. It has been awesome. Every time we walk out the door we are reminded of why we are here and that we are to influence others for Jesus.
Psalm 31:14-15 (nlt) --- But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, "You are my God!" My future is in your hands...
Our future is in His hands. So is the future of everyone we encounter today. Do they know Jesus?