Monday, November 5, 2012

heart for the lost

 This weekend we began a new series called CHOSEN. SUCCESSFUL. that talks about how God views success.  Too many people base their definition of success on what they have, what they do or the position they hold.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  Success is based on how we follow God by faith.

Paul writes in Romans 9 about the people he is related to.  The Jewish people believe that by keeping the law or by being born in to the right family that they have all they need to get to heaven and to live with God.  That is not true.  Salvation is based on what God has already done for us.

Does our heart hurt for the people who don’t know God?

My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters.  I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.

Paul hurt for the people that he is related to.  They don’t know God or even appreciate the faith that Jesus talked about.  Paul is even ready to give up what he has so others will have the same.  Are we willing to do that?  Are we willing to do anything to help people meeting Jesus?

Our perspective means everything.  If being successful has to do with what you have, then you won’t care much about what people think or about their faith.  If you believe success is based on who God is and what God has done to you, then you will want others to have what God has given you.

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

May God help us help others.  May we care for others and the path that they are on.  May we take steps to help people find God.  May God give us a heart for the lost.

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

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