Have You Ever?
Have you ever helped anyone learn what to do to be saved? Have you taken time to talk to a person who has never come to Christ, letting that person know how important it is to do so? Over the years we will have numerous opportunities to reach someone who is out of Christ. With each opportunity we pass by, how much responsibility have we ignored?
If you try to reach some lost soul with the gospel, don’t let it be merely a “duty.” Make it a work of faith and a labor of love (1 Thes. 1:3). Try to see that lost person as someone you once were and remember where you were prior to salvation. If you had been treated the way we treat some of the lost souls all around us, where would you be now?
Encourage your children to obey Christ. Don’t give them the opportunity to say to you, “Well you aren’t doing your duty.” Encourage them to come each night to the gospel meeting. I will guarantee you that if you do, and if your unbaptized child obeys the gospel, it will be one date in time you will never forget.
Bringing others to Christ requires teaching. Jesus said, “Every man therefore that hath heard and learned of the Father, cometh to me” (John 4:45). Jesus came teaching (Matt. 4:23; 9:35; 11:1, and more). He gave orders for his disciples to continue teaching his word (Matt. 28:20). His apostles gave orders to us to continue that teaching. “And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). The book of Hebrews contains this charge: “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God” (Heb. 5:12). Don’t let an opportunity to pass that you don’t at least make some effort.
Jesus asked, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16:26). How few of us realize the real worth of our own souls — much less the souls of others.
Here is what has been called, “The Infidel’s Statement.”
“If I firmly believed, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of Christianity in this life influences destiny in another world, Christianity would be to me everything. I would cast aside earthly cares as follies and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Christianity would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness.
“I would labor in its cause alone.
“I would take thought for the morrow and eternity alone.
“Earthly consequences should never stay my hands or seal my lips.
“I would esteem one soul gained for heaven worth a lifetime of effort.
“I would go forth to the world and preach Christ in season and out of season, and my text would be: “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
- Author unknown
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