Warn the Lost!
Proverbs 24:11-12, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”
Let’s say you’re a person who loves adrenaline rushes. You and your friends are at Six Flags about to go on the biggest, scariest roller coaster there. You guys get on the ride and are all strapped in and ready to go. But you notice that the straps and gear keeping the person next to you in are dysfunctional. Their seatbelt is about to come apart. What do you do???
I would hope that you’d tell them! Warn them! “Hey, your seat belts about to fall apart, you’re going to fall to your death if you go on this ride!” Why? Because you care about them, even if you’ve never met before them or talked to them in your’ life. You know what’s going to happen, but they are simply unaware, ignorant of the fact that they are not secure.
Well, that’s what life is like as a Christian. You know most of the people around you are about to get on that ride and sit in that seat with the dysfunctional safety straps. And God has given you that knowledge that you might warn them.
God never calls us to convert people, that’s His job. But He does call us to warn them, to let them know what path they are going down and what is at the end of it. He calls us to tell people what the right path is (that straight and narrow road) and to show them how to walk down it. “He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse;” – Ezekiel 3:27. God is in control of the outcome, the Spirit alone is capable of convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and of the coming judgment (John 16:8). He’s simply called you to be a willing and obedient vessel and to warn people. Much worse than falling to your death on a roller coaster is eternal life spent apart from God in hell. Does your heart break like God’s for those who are being sent there each and every day? I pray mine would more. I pray I would be more aware, that my eyes would be open to the opportunities God gives me each and every day!
Take a moment today to read Ezekiel chapter 3 verses 16-21. Let God speak to you, ask Him to give you His heart for people and for the lost. To give you His eyes. To put His Word in your heart like a fire. And to empower and equip you with His Holy Spirit for the work set before you. And remember that the greatest gift you can give the world is to abide in Christ and be close to Him. To know Him and hear His voice daily that you could be led more by His Spirit.