Listening to the exploits of a lost world on the evening news can cause us to throw our hands in the air and say, “What is this world coming to?” Perhaps the question we should be asking instead is “What should this world be coming to? Or “Who should this world be coming to?”
Ephesians 2:3 says that “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following it’s desires and thoughts.” Maybe we haven’t dealt in drugs, or taken the life of an innocent infant by ending an “inconvenient” pregnancy. Maybe we’ve not breached our nation’s security , opened fire on a school of innocent children, or maliciously bombed a public event. Maybe we’ve led a pretty decent and moral life, by our standards. But by God’s standards we were all lost, even “dead” in our sin before Christ saved us by His marvelous grace. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) And that’s the condition of many of those we hear about on the evening news. They are. . . lost.
“Wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching the most defiled. By it’s transforming power, making him God’s dear child.”
How I love the words of that old hymn! And how great is its truth! Time and again I’ve seen incredible transformations in the lives of the “lost” when the Holy Spirit got hold of them. Let us never forget that God’s arm is long enough to reach even the “most defiled” with His transforming power! “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1)
The evening news will change when individuals change. And change will be wrought by the transforming power of the wonderful grace of Jesus. But . . . ”How…can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15)
The church, and by that I mean every follower of Christ, needs to get back to proclaiming the gospel unashamedly. “God … made us alive in Christ when we were dead in our transgressions.” Think of it! He has brought us from death to life! And He will do it for others as well. He didn’t come to make bad people good, but to make dead people live! And life in Christ is transforming!
Father, thank you for bringing us to life with your grace. May Your love compel us to share that gospel of grace with those still in need of Your life-giving, transforming power. And we will praise You, alone, for each new life that You bring forth!