This question has bothered me for a long time. As I review some of the statistics of what the Church is doing in our day to reach those who have never heard the gospel or even have the opportunity to hear it, I am appalled.
I didn’t realize that my preparation for the message tomorrow was answering this question. We don’t know the heart of God as we should. How can we know His heart? When Philip asked Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father…Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long and you still do not know Me, Philip?” (John 14:8-9). Did you catch the point Jesus is making to Philip? We may be associated with Jesus for a long time and still have not learned the heart of the Father.
Time alone with God and His Word; seeking to understand His heart is so critical. It will take away every bit of apathy and replace it with a passion for what concerns God. He has never been passive about the condition of mankind, those He created. It began back in the Garden of Eden when “the Lord God waked in the garden in the cool of the day and…called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:8-9). He was concerned that the relationship had been broken.
Doctor Luke expresses these same feelings in the Lord Jesus; “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). The heart of God in Christ is still seeking the lost.
Are we apathetic about the heart of God for mankind? Have we forgotten that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth?” (1 Timothy 2:4). I would be so bold as to say that the measure of your concern for the lost is directly proportionate to how much time you spend alone with Him, listening to His heart.
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