Souls Not Numbers
10/09/19 05:00 PM Filed in: Christian Living
The spiritual war believers are in is very real and so are the consequences of this war.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this is not a battle over territory, wealth or power, this is a war over the eternal destines of the souls of men, women and children.
Yet, how easy it is to forget the high stakes of this war and view it lightly.
It has been said before by different people and ministries, "It is not about numbers, it is about being faithful where God has placed us." I couldn’t more heartily agree with that statement.
Yet, I can’t help but stop and think, that while this statement is indeed true, it stops a bit short of the full truth of the nature of this spiritual war.
For the danger is not necessarily being caught up with numbers, no, the danger is viewing people as numbers instead of souls. The danger isn’t in desiring to reach more people, but rather seeing those people as numbers to add to our spiritual achievements rather than eternal souls that will spend eternity in Heaven or Hell.
To be honest, I desire to see BOJF reach more people as we seek to proclaim the gospel through every aspect of this ministry.
Yet, the heart check for me is to constantly evaluate whether I am focused on souls, rather than seeing souls as mere numbers.
As believers, Jesus gave us a charge. He charged us to go and make disciples of ALL nations. The word all means just that, all. We have been sent to every human being on this planet. Collectively, as followers of Christ, we need to be wholeheartedly seeking to proclaim the gospel to all mankind.
As long as there is one more person who has not heard the gospel, that is one too many. The fires of Hell are dreadfully real and we do not have time to sit on our hands while lives are forever drowned in this black hole of eternal judgment. As a Christ-follower, I have been called to share Jesus, no matter the cost. If it costs me my reputation, my livelihood, my family, my friends, my resources or my very lifeblood, it matters not. This call to follow Jesus to the ends of the earth and proclaiming His good news is not optional. It is a COMMAND of our Savior.
When I truly stop and think about what Jesus did to save me from my sins, it is enough to make a grown man cry.
He bled in my place and died, so I might be free from the deadly curse of sin that was dragging me to the grave and to an eternity in Hell. Jesus suffered the most horrid of torture, that I might be freed from the horrors of Hell by calling upon His precious name.
Now, I’ve been given the glorious privilege of sharing what Jesus did for me with the entire human race. Could any assignment be more beautiful? Could any assignment be more meaningful? Could any assignment be more worthy of bleeding and yes, even dying for?
My prayer is that my life will be lived to the hilt for the glory of King Jesus. He gave His all for me and how can I do any less than give my feeble all for Him, in His power?
No, this isn’t about numbers. It is about souls and the stark realization that every human being is a soul in need of Jesus. May the glory of my King and the desperate need of lost souls, not numerical growth of this ministry, be my drive for pressing onward.
The defining call is before you. What will your response be to the commission of the King?
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20