Seeking the Sheep
As I was studying my Sunday school lesson this week I came across an interesting thought. The commentary said, “Jesus did not hold to His place in heaven but came to earth, humbling Himself as a servant.”*
As I read that line I was immediately taken back several years to a line I heard daily from an acquaintance after they became saved.
They ended almost every greeting to me with “Praying that Jesus will return to today and take us home.”
It annoyed me to no end. They were a different religion than I. A more charismatic religion. A more Pentecostal religion. And for several months I let this go on thinking it was just their excitement of being a new Christian or maybe just the way their faith expressed belief in Christ’s second coming.
One day, however, I observed an unsaved family member stomp out of the room after their greeting. Unsaved. Unchurched. Uninterested from all indications. And I jumped on it. Let’s call my friend Janet.
“So, Janet, you’re really praying for Jesus to return TODAY? As in any minute?”
Nodding her head vigorously, “Absolutely, Carrie, can’t wait to hear that trumpet sound! We’ll rise up to meet Him in the sky!”
She was pumped and looked surprised that I wasn’t joining her revival service.
“What about Sandy, your sister? What happens to her if Jesus comes again today?”
Silence. Janet’s celebration dance halted right there.
“I, well, I hadn’t thought about it like that.”
“Janet, if I die right now I’m going to heaven to live in His presence for all of eternity and that gets me excited! But, as long as I’m here on this earth, I pray that He doesn’t come back today because I still have family and friends that don’t know Him and are headed for eternity in hell. They aren’t ready for Jesus’ return.”
My husband and I have debated how I handled that many times. I was tough in that conversation. Tough with some very new Christians.
I knew the people they loved the most in life wouldn’t be going home with them, however, if their prayer was answered.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the fact that our salvation is secure that we forget that those around us are still lost. Jesus Himself left heaven and came here to this wicked earth to save the lost. He didn’t have to do that. He loved ME that much.
This Easter season which one can you seek? God does not want anyone to perish. He’s waiting for us to be like Ananias and go where he is sending us. Can you imagine the rejoicing on Easter morning in our churches if each one of us brought in a lost lamb?
If we don’t seek them, they won’t be saved.
*(Taken from Bible Studies for Life, Life Words, Personal Study Guide, Spring 2013 Copyrighted by Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. I believe the author of this particular line was Ben Garner.)
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