Church is a wonderful place. It makes us feel great, and more often then not, makes us feel loved and valuable. But are we taking the right ideas away from it? Are doing this at the expense of others?…
at seminar I asked how people think God feels about us and some responses seemed so harsh when it came to non-believers.They were in some ways truthful, but in others not, because it lacked the love and confidence Jesus showed for the unsaved- it makes me wonder how we view the unsaved and how that effects everything we do greatly
– how do we view the unsaved? Have we lost hope for them?
Do we find ourselves superior? Do we desire them for God?
Superiority- Pharisees- Discrimination- Seperates us and keeps us from others and God
Pity- lose of hope- lack of faith- Do we believe in how Jesus has traines us and the ministry He left for us?
***Desire- alignment with God’s heart- battling our selfishness and narcissism
—- this may be the most important, as many us of may not have issues in how we view the unsaved, but don’t find ourselves pursuing them. It’s easy to say it’s a lack of confidence, but passion trumps that, and what we may truly lack is a desire to see them change and KNOW God
– demonstrates how much He loves us- His desire- for us to be saved and be with Him
“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.”
John 3:16-17 NET
“Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. Now this is the will of the one who sent me – that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up at the last day.”
John 6:37-39 NET
Jesus doesn’t worry and find excuses, He sees opportunity!
The Narrow Gate
Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 7:14 But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
9:11When the Pharisees25 saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”26 9:12 When27 Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do.28 9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’29 For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
“Don’t you say, ‘There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up and see that the fields are already white for harvest!”
John 4:35 NET
Workers for the Harvest
9:35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns61 and villages, teaching in their synagogues,62preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness.63 9:36When64 he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless,65like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 9:38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest66 to send out67 workers into his harvest.”
• how often do we complain about this generation? Does that change how God views them? NO!
Falsity of our superiority- the Compassion of Christ- the redemption and call to “Sin No More”!“
“Early in the morning he came to the temple courts again. All the people came to him, and he sat down and began to teach them. The experts in the law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death such women. What then do you say?” (Now they were asking this in an attempt to trap him, so that they could bring charges against him.) Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight and replied, “Whoever among you is guiltless may be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then he bent over again and wrote on the ground. Now when they heard this, they began to drift away one at a time, starting with the older ones, until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up straight and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She replied, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”]]”
John 8:2-11 NET
– If we want to be like our Heavenly Father, and have our hearts aligned, we must see as He does, and desire as He does
– how we view others gives us a window into our hearts and relationships with God. These areas should challenge us to go out and minister and to look inside with prayers for the Holy Spirit to remove and fill.
Elder Daniel Quansah