For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. John 19:10. NIV
While growing up, I had the ability to make up some great excuses to explain why my chores were not completed. No matter how elaborate the excuse, ususally the core reason settled into an issue of running out of time. My stepdad’s response, “you’ll always have time, for what you WANT to make time for”. It was not an issue of scheduling, but rather motivation.
How can we create a sustained motivation to reach people who are not followers of Jesus? Are there activities that we can include in our lives that will cause us to gain a heart that is seeking those who are lost? Do we just have to wait for God to “stir up” the desire? Are there distractions that cause us to be very busy being a Chrstian, yet miss the goal of making disciples (the activity after someone becomes a believer)? If there are some people really gifted in leading people to Christ, then do I still have the same responsibility as them?
You may be tempted to look at the church as a whole and try to diagnose the problem of so little evangelism. Some of you have a larger platform to engage in pursuing that answer, But most of us, just need to “figure out” what will motivate us to engage in evangelistic activities.
Guilt is a motivator, but it is not sustainable, so that is not my goal. If you are feeling any type of conviction, then let the Holy Spirit lead you into the appropriate prayers.
Another quote about excuses, “Excuses are like armpits, everyone has them and they all stink.” Over the next few days, I hope to explore some of the activities that can help us be intentional in the mission of “seeking and saving the lost”. We will have time for this, if it is what we really WANT?
Blessings Love y’all.