Luke 15:7 (NKJV)
7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
We should absolutely have a heart for the lost. We should desire to see all men come to the saving knowledge of Christ. Finding the lost, ministering to them, building them out, and sending them out to make more disciples should be at the heart of everything we do. Of course, saying or writing these things is a lot easier than fulfilling them. A verse like this however, should provide plenty of motivation as we set out to find those in need of Christ. The question is how do we turn that one sinner into a believer?
Be Prepared To Give An Account
The greatest tool we have in our evangelistic toolbox is something absolutely unique to ourselves. Each of us has a testimony like nobody else. What has the Lord done in your life, what changes have been a direct result of your relationship with Christ, what brought you to a saving knowledge? These are all questions that are unique to our story. Nobody has the same exact story. It is powerful, never shy away from using it. The beautiful thing is that nobody can refute your story. Do not be afraid to use this tool, to polish this tool up, to perfect it, hearing a testimony can change a person’s life. 1 Peter 3:15 encourages us… (15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
Do Not Be Afraid Of The Ugly Truth
Romans 3:23 reminds us… (23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… This is a very tough thing to explain to unbelievers. You are going to come across people from every walk of life. You are going to minister to the criminal, the drug addict, the sinful… they are fairly aware of how far short they have fallen. You will also come across the little old lady that has fed the homeless for the last 20 years with her own money. Okay, maybe you won’t, but you will probably come across everyone in between. You are going to have to look at very nice people and tell them that they have fallen short. The ugly truth is that we have all fallen short, we have all missed the mark. When perfect is the goal, a small blemish is all that is needed for failure.
The Amazing Promise
Romans 5:8 (8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… We have to make sure to prove the need, but we must emphasize the answer and promise. Nothing we can say or do will be as powerful as the love God has for us. A love so deep, Christ died for us. I look at my life and see how imperfect I am, how unworthy I am, and I am just as amazed today as I was the first time I saw those beautiful words in the Bible.
If heaven rejoices when the lost are found, let’s give them something to cheer about. You pass people each and every single day. People that do not understand the ugly truth, that has never heard the promise, it is your testimony that could change their lives for eternity. Make the decision to focus on spreading the Gospel to everyone that will hear… maybe even those that do not want to!
John 14:6 (NKJV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.