“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Prov. 4:18)
I would ask you to ask yourself this question, and contemplate your answer well, if those who have been saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, those who have been born-again were visible to the eye in this life by a brightness, a shining light that emitted from them that all could see, who would you gravitate towards as you passed through your time here on earth, those who did shine, or those who did not?
I will add this to your contemplation, in those whom the light of the Lord was visible, would you feel at greater ease with those who shined the brightest, or with those in whom that light was dimmer?
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
We are to search for the lost amongst the wicked, we are not walking through the wheat tearing out the tares, the weeds if you prefer, but in this world we are surrounded by those weeds, and finding the lost requires effort on our part. Starting as all our work for the Lord of glory should be, with much prayer and supplication, denying ourselves for His will, having a heart that can discern between the good and the evil, for we must sift through much evil to find even one stalk of wheat.
There is something else you must possess, and it goes against our old nature, you must have a heart that can feel great pity.
Nearly everyone you meet will hear one day, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matt. 25:41) For Matthew 22:14 stands as a truth. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” As well as Matthew 7:14, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
No one in heaven is there because of luck, chance or coincidence, not one person will enter into the Almighty’s eternal Kingdom because of a particular work or deed they performed that caused the Lord to see them as righteous. Abraham does not stand in the presence of the Living God because he was willing to sacrifice his son, but because he believed. Baptism is not a requirement of salvation, but an outward revelation of an already changed heart.
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)
So then, these few moments that you have had to contemplate those two questions, have you an answer for yourself? Would you continuously seek out those lights, those who shine in the darkness of this world, passing by all those on the slow, gradually descending road to eternal damnation?
Would you seek the ones that shine brighter, or feel more comfortable amongst those who are content with just a small amount of Christ, lest they be called into the fellowship of His suffering?
If one is placed in your path that still resides in the darkness, who is unrepentant, will you walk around them, perhaps politely, speaking only of the temporal things of this world, and then move towards those that are shining?
“When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” (Eze. 3:18)
Many who know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior will not speak of Him, save in the presence of those who have His light in them. And only then to those whose light is also as dim as their own. They do not believe it is their responsibility to search for the lost, but only to keep themselves unspotted from the world.
I ask you another question, if they saw their reflection, would they see that light they suppose they have within themselves?