Borrowed Truths

Are You Empty Handed?

are you empty handed
Borrowed Truths

Are You Empty Handed?

What we as born-again believers know, the lost cannot even begin to comprehend, for it is impossible for them to. (1 Cor. 2:14) Their idea of the antichrist comes from movies and books, written and produced by men who are also lost, their concept of Armageddon is again from the same venues, and to a degree some of them may be close, inevitably in most of them though, man finds a way to triumph or is completely destroyed from the earth, neither of course being true.

The days that we are living in come as no surprise to the servants of God, they were expected, and although not one of us would have chosen this time to live in, nevertheless, we are here. Our witness for Christ is not hindered by the coming events, one millisecond before the rapture, some brother or sister in Christ, hopefully more, will be speaking to a lost soul, and I am going to guess when these individuals suddenly disappear, every word that was being spoken to them will be etched permanently in their memory.

I have many reference notes in the front of my Bible, but one in particular I have written a little larger than the others, it reads “If a lot of people have suddenly disappeared, turn to Revelation, chapter four.” It seemed like a good idea at the moment.

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1) Because “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18) If you have ever spent any time witnessing to the lost, I am sure that you have recognized how they look at you a little differently, as if you are reciting Aesop’s Fables to them, or something from Greek mythology. Then of course, if they continue on the normal path, they will remain somewhat polite, but will soon have someplace to be, someone to see, or have an important engagement to attend to. We are as fools in their eyes, storytellers, purveyors of fables, yet, for the most part, they remain polite.

I used to think that one of the main reasons to witness to these lost souls was that so they would not spend eternity in hopeless pain and suffering, and that still is one of the reasons, whether they are known personally by me or not makes no difference, I play no favorites and care as much about one lost soul as the next, but there is a far greater reason, and that is so that there will be another soul in heaven proclaiming the name of Jesus loudly and eternally. I long ago came to the knowledge that there are far more souls in hell than in heaven, because of the truths of Scripture, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:14)

I know that it is by grace through faith that I have been called to be an heir of the kingdom of God, (Romans 8:17) and I know that there are vessels of wrath that have been prepared. (Romans 9:22) What I do not know is who is saved and who is not, at least in a personal way, until I speak to them. I judge no man, I do not even judge myself, (1 Cor. 11:31) but if I am to fulfill what we like to term the “great commission,” I must speak to people, with wisdom and humility, and in that speaking I must possess the gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit to be able to determine if the person I am speaking to is lost or saved, and my friends, that can only be done with questions.

Most “church goers” call that being judgmental and far too intrusive these days, thus the great falling away, most of the lost call it butting into their business, the old adage, politics and religion are the “taboo” subjects. But occasionally, far too infrequently sad to say, we meet someone who is willing to listen, someone whose heart has been prepared by the Lord to listen.

It matters not to the Lord how you go about seeking these lost souls, whether it is in person, online through different social media outlets, or any other venue, as long as you go, that is the commandment, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) If you think it is rare to be able to speak to a lost soul and have them listen, and not only listen, but respond to the calling of the Lord, how rare do you think it is for them to come knocking on your door, wanting you to expound the truths of the words of salvation to them. Ever had it happen?

We will all give an account my friends, we will all, every child of God, be rewarded for what we have done for His glorious name. We are here to glorify God in the highest, we are here to call the lost, and you are not going to be able to do that unless you start talking to them. You do not want to show up to the wedding feast empty handed, far too many are not even going to be invited, so count it an honor to serve, and pray continuously for the ability to serve well. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Prov. 3:5-6)

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