Rescue the Perishing

“Rescue those being led away to death;  hold back those staggering toward slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11-12)

lamb rescueAmazing 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 . . . 

 

About Peg

I am privileged to be the happy wife of my godly husband John, and blessed to be the mother of three daughters, and Grammy to six granddaughters and one grandson. We enjoy our life here in the Mt. Washington Valley of NH. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and having been saved by His grace, seek to follow Him daily as I pass through this earth on my way to eternity. Along the journey, I take great pleasure in my family, music, writing, fiber arts and all things creative!
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8 Responses to Rescue the Perishing

  1. Lori says:

    Oh how I needed this today Peg. For the last 10 months the Lord has put someone in my life that needs him desperately. She was my son’s teacher. After school ended, I asked if we could keep in touch since my son is moving on to middle school. She was excited to spend time together at the beach etc. However, it seems her desire to spend time with us has diminished. I guess I had hoped we could talk more as we did during the school year. She needs Jesus but I realize if she comes to him, she will have a very different life. As far as I can tell, no family members or other friends are Christians. Anyway, I’m feeling discouraged and ask for your prayers. Her name is Jen. She has been on my heart so much lately but it’s just hard when she seems to be closing the door. I know God is in control but my prayer was to lead her to Him…and it still is.

  2. Peg says:

    Lori – I’m glad this post ministered to you. I will pray that God will open the door for more conversations with Jen, and for encouragement for yourself, as well. I too have had a similar situation, only in my case, the person was dying and I lived hours away from him. So when the door for me appeared to be closed, I prayed for God to send someone else into his life that would share the gospel. Just about a week before he died, I learned that an acquaintance of his had come by, shared the gospel and he had received the Lord. So God can work in many ways. I pray that He gives you the opportunity to be that person, but if He doesn’t, we can pray He sends someone else across her path. Praying for Jen’s salvation. – Blessings, Peg

  3. Skye says:

    Peg, this was absolutely wonderful. I would love to sit and share my testimony with you someday. What a lovely day that would be. I love having my blog so that I can speak about the Lord. I hope only to someday be as eloquent as you. You are amazing.

    • Peg says:

      Awwww …. Thank you so much, Skye. Your blog has become part of my daily routine. I would love to hear your testimony! I don’t know how close we are to each other geographically, but perhaps you could email me? aron8098@roadrunner.com I love using this vehicle called the “blog” to share the Lord, as well. It’s only been a couple of months for me. Before that, I was writing a daily devotional on facebook. Thanks for your encouragement, my friend! I look forward to hearing from you!

      • Skye says:

        Thank you, so much, Dear Friend!! I am so blessed to have met you. Yes, it is a wonderful vehicle. I would love to be in touch with you!! We are having VBS this week, and I am pulling my hair out a bit. I am sure you know that feeling. Once life settles, I will pop you and email. Big hugs!

        • Peg says:

          Right back at ya! VBS . . . say no more. I’ll be praying for a great rest of the week, and look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Great post Peg. I am such an animal lover and I often think that the efforts I put into rescuing abandoned or abused animals could be transferred more to saving souls!

  5. Peg says:

    Thank you. I am a huge animal lover too! We have a little bichon frise, only one, because my dear husband is the one who has to make sure she gets exercised etc. because of my arthritis limitations. God bless him. He knows best. If it weren’t for my limitations, I’d probably be running a rescue mission for them too! But I also believe that they have been given for our pleasure. We always take Olivia with us to see our folks in the nursing home, and the smiles she brings to all the residents’ faces are priceless! She’s a gift, as I’m sure your kitty is! As long as we keep the priority on the souls of men (and women) I think we’ll be okay, don’t you? 🙂

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