“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11-12)
Amazing rescue, isn’t it? I admire the effort of these two young men to get this lamb back to safety. I wonder . . . Do we have as much passion for His lost lambs as these young men do for the lamb in this picture?
Jesus came to save the lost. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10) How far will you go to point people to Him?
As believers, it is easy to get into the routine of heading out to church every Sunday to worship and be fed on the Word of God. And we should be doing these things, and edifying one another “as iron sharpens iron.” But there is a grave danger in letting our focus remain there and forgetting Jesus’ very words, “ I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Do you remember the days before you answered His call? When you were lost in sin? Let’s not forget that we all were there, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) How did you hear about Him? Were there friends who reached out, in some way, to you? “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) Jesus died to pay for not just our sins, but for the sins of all those who are still lost.
He said, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:4-7) When was the last time you rejoiced with your church family over someone who has found the Lord . . . a rescued sheep? It seems to me that we’re not spending much time these days rejoicing over lost souls who’ve answered the call of God upon their life. We must be careful not to become ingrown in our church fellowships. While we sit around the table, feasting on His Word, there are a multitude all around us, who are still “starving” for lack of the “Truth.” Perhaps we need to look at our focus and re-align it with that of Jesus. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
Jesus is coming back. He’s promised us that. We don’t know when, but when He makes His entrance, I don’t want to be regretting that I held back the gospel in the name of not offending, or waiting for the “right time” to share the Truth. “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
So, as we wait for His return, let us not waver in our passion for the lost. Please take a look at the photo at the top of the page again. Personalize it. Think of that lamb as your friend who doesn’t know Jesus, with his or her eternal life hanging in the balance. Think of yourself as the the young man in the raging water, leading the lamb to the safety of the Jesus you, yourself are clinging to, the young man on the rock.
We don’t know how long we have until His return, but we do know this . . . “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
I would love to hear the stories about your rescue. Who, in your life, did God use to point you to Him? Have you had the privilege of sharing the gospel with another who answered His call? Who is God calling you to share His gospel with? Could today be the day of their rescue?
That’s the view from here . . .