“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” –Luke 19:10
Am I seeking to save the lost? I would be hard-pressed to say, “yes.”
The entire Mosaic Law was written to establish social justice. It was meant for the Hebrews to care for the less fortunate living in their midst. In particular, the less fortunate of that culture were considered to be the orphans, widows and aliens but it also meant anyone who could not survive without assistance. God, though, did not mean to simply care for the physical needs or provide care for only a certain segment of society. From then until now, God followers have always had the responsibility of caring for the spiritual needs of anyone in our society needing the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Law required perfect people and neither the Hebrews, or any other person, could live up that standard. Even the perfect animal sacrifices from the imperfect people had become unpleasing to God. At the time of the exile, desired “mercy, not sacrifice” (Hosea 6:6) from the people. Because he didn’t get it, he had to update the covenant by providing the perfect manifestation of mercy and sacrifice in Jesus. He came to save everyone reading this blog. He came to provide a way to eternal life, a way to Heaven that is simple to attain yet so allusive for so many.
Am I populating Hell when I don’t seek the lost, as Christ did? I fear I am. If I truly want to be a little Christ, I have to serve like Jesus did. I have to go out and seek the lost and bring them to Christ so that he can save them. That’s why he came and that’s why I should go. I have to get out of my comfort zone and be willing to face what the world throws at me when I bring up God. I wonder what He is going to ask me when I get to Heaven about the Lisas of the world I’ve neglected because I was uncomfortable coming off as a “Jesus freak” or Bible thumper”? Wouldn’t it be better (maybe not easier) to face possible ridicule from the world than eternal judgement from God?
I work in a casino. A den of sin, as some call it. (I don’t call it that because I am proud work with a lot of great Christian people!) Like anywhere we go, I work with people who need to hear about the grace of God. Are they hearing it from or seeing it in me? I fear not, or at least not nearly enough. If any of them who lack faith die right now, have I done enough to populate Heaven with another soul? Again, it’s not for me to judge another person’s faith but maybe I should go through life assuming everyone is going to Hell. Maybe I would have more urgency, but I’m not sure. I don’t feel urgent enough now as it is. I suck!