Psalm 126:5-6 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
The Holy Spirit asked me, “When was the last time you shed tears for the lost?”
Sadly, I could not remember.
I do remember tears shed for my father, who passed just last year. I recall tears in sympathy for a friend who lost someone, dear. I can remember tears of joy upon hearing a song that stirred my soul. But to recall the last time my spirit was troubled with their soul’s lost condition escapes me.
Conviction of my apathetic condition regarding my present situation has hit me. I need to pray and ask God to renew my desire to see lost loved ones saved and those I meet as one for whom Christ died.
The state of being acutely aware that every human being is an ever-living soul created by God loved enough to have sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for everyone.
Being soul-conscious should affect every aspect of our lives.
Our homes need prayers for those closest to us that are lost. As we venture out on an errand, we should be prepared to meet everyone with a smile and look for an opportunity to share Christ.
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Every casual conversation should reveal our love for our Savior.
I adopted a phrase many years ago that has helped to turn conversations to spiritual.
When asked, “How are you today?” I will respond, “One day closer to Heaven!”
Many a conversation will open up to talk about spiritual things that generally would have been highlighted by the weather or the latest sports scores.
So, why do we shrink from such things?
Fear. Fear of being thought ‘one of those‘ kind of fanatics. Fear that our life lived up to this point won’t reflect the transforming power of salvation. Fear that we would not be accepted loved, or cast out to believe differently from the crowd.
Where have our minds been fixed recently? COVID has so disrupted our present lives that what we think, what we say, and what do are all affected.
Jobs have changed, and some have lost the ability to earn money altogether.
Homes have become disrupted as children are kept from school and even interacting with the next-door neighbor.
Churches have recently emerged to now have in-person services, while some have adopted online presentations till next year.
Ministries to the poor curtailed. Visits to those in nursing homes and assisted living suspended. Church busses that used to pick up inner-city children to give them the gospel are parked indefinitely.
Churches have passively gone along with directions given without an outcry to reach those in danger of Hell without Christ.
I believe it starts with us turning to God and asking that our hearts be deeply affected by the lost condition. Then, our prayer needs to request that we become soul-conscious to the place we cannot allow one to pass without giving them a gospel tract.
If what I am suggesting seems radical, we need to confess our apathetic ways and ask our Heavenly Father to see the world as He does – worthy of sending His only begotten Son to die for the forgiveness of sins.
That type of passion yields compassion that will bring tears.
If you have once held such passion, pray for it to return.
If you have never wept over the lost condition of someone’s soul, pray for your life to be so changed that you will see every lost soul as your Heavenly Father sees them.
Then, no matter what the situation or circumstance, we can be ready witnesses for the Lord.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
In His will, He sent Jesus to complete the work of redemption on the cross of Calvary. He will come again, and soon.
2 Peter 3:10-12 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”