Colossians 3:2, 3
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
It is easy to focus on the world around us, and be distracted from the one thing we Christians have been called to live for. Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” It doesn’t matter who we are, or what we are capable of; Jesus wants to make us fishers of men. Yes, we have been saved from Hell, but now there are people all around who are still in sin, and daily sinking into an eternal place of punishment. They will have NO hope of ever escaping, once they are there. Therefore, it is our duty, if we love our neighbor as ourselves, to do all that we can to, “by all means save some.”
What would you think of a fireman who sat and did nothing while a house full of people burned to the ground? Why, he would not be a real fireman, but an imposter, and he himself would be punished. What would you think if you heard his excuse, that he was busy listening to his new CD player, and too entertained to care about those who were perishing?
We have so much, but do we have the heart of God burning in us? Do we care about what He cares about most, which are people? Or, are we just happy that we are saved, and blessed, and comfortable? We need to pray like the great revivalist, Jonathan Edwards prayed, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!” I know Hell is awful to think about, but Jesus talked plenty about it, and warned us to do whatever it takes to not go there. (Matthew 18:8, Matthew 10:28)
Let our minds be concerned, above all, with the eternal welfare of those around us. I did not say their feelings, but their eternal welfare. Love is not passive, it tells the truth. It gives, it sacrifices, it prays, it cares for, and it tells the truth. Unlike popular teachings today, we are to follow in the footsteps of Christ in every way. Jesus did it all: He healed the sick, He cast out demons, He fed the hungry, but most importantly He preached repentance and the kingdom of God. Many were offended at the truth, because of their own pride, but others were saved. People plotted to kill Jesus ten times, because of what He said and did. If you read Acts, you will see that everywhere Paul went, people were stirred up by his words, and many hurt him and plotted against him, yet many were saved and brought into the kingdom of light.
What drove Jesus, Paul, Stephen, and all the followers of Christ, who were all but one martyred for the gospel? It was love, and an eternal mindset, understanding that people were perpetually lost if they didn’t find Christ. Paul said, “knowing therefore the terror of the LORD, we persuade men.” (2 Corinthians 5: 10, 11)
My friends, because we have been given such grace in Christ, and forgiveness of sins, let us do all we can to bring people to Jesus. Only through Him may people find peace with God. We are called ambassadors for Christ, if we are in Him, and therefore let us make our calling and election sure. How would you feel if you were dead in sin, and Christians overlooked you?