Does it get any clearer than when Jesus said, “The Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost?” That is about as “to the point” as you can get. Jesus left the glory and splendor of it all to come to earth in order to bring salvation to all who would accept what he freely offers.
So, if we are His followers and we are His church, what should be our purpose and passion in life? Should it be any different than that of our Leader? Should not the main thing in our life also be helping “lost” people find forgiveness and salvation in Jesus Christ? I think so.
One of the most moving times in the life of Jesus is described in Matthew 9:36-37, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
The problem was crowds of people who were wondering around lost. The need was more people involved in the harvest, helping them find the shepherd. And the place to begin was with praying for more workers for the harvest field.
I would invite you to consider two things as we enter a new year of opportunity, when it comes to being the follower of Jesus you are expected and called to be.
1. Begin to pray daily for more workers for the harvest, more people who are passionate about what Jesus is passionate about, seeing lost people saved. And at the same time be willing to pray, “Lord, let it begin with me.”
2. Consider getting more involved in the harvest field as we begin a new fresh year for God. Is there anything that would please God more? Here are a few simple suggestions on how you can ramp up your harvest field involvement.
A. Writes the names of two or three people who are not Christians on a card and begin praying daily for them. Pray for a desire to develop and grow within them for God.
B. Builds bridges to unsaved people by looking for ways to serve them. Be willing to move out of your comfort zone. Their eternity is worth it.
C. Be open to discussing spiritual issues with them in a non-threatening and non-judgmental way when the opportunity arises. And opportunities will arise if you really care about them and are serving them out of authentic love.
D. Invites them to church services and environments where they can meet other Christ followers and hear teaching from the Bible that will meet their needs and begin to open their hearts.
This is serious stuff. How can I impress upon you how serious it is? Eternity hangs in the balances. You are God’s person for unique situations that involve the people God has brought into your life.
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Wouldn’t it be awesome if when 2010 comes to an end you can look back and identify one or two people who came to Christ during the year where you were a main player in the process because you were committed to the main thing? God wants to work through you in awesome ways this year.