It is time to bring down the idols of our hearts and make sure that Jesus takes first place in all of our desires. It is time to stop hiding from the world, for the Bible tells us in Romans 10:14
“14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
Beloved, how can we be used by God to change the world if we keep hiding? How can the world change if we don’t tell them about Jesus? We, the Christians, have the answer. We waste so much time pointing fingers at the government, social services, Hollywood, etc. but here we are hiding this powerful life changing message. We need to stay away from the things of this world, but be the light of the world. Mathew 5:14-16 tells us:
“14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Smith Wigglesworth, one of God’s generals in the Pentecostal Movement of last century, was one of the most fascinating men of God of all times; we should learn some very valuable lessons from him. It is said that this man made a commitment with God to win one person for the Lord every day before going to sleep at night. On one occasion Wigglesworth could not sleep. That day, he did not win anybody for Jesus so he went out in the middle of the night, found one man on the street, ministered the Gospel to him, and won him for Jesus. What an amazing example! On the other hand, Wigglesworth did not allow any other book or magazines in his house. It is said that the only book he read was indeed the Bible. Wigglesworth was an example of someone who hated the things of this world, but was passionate about souls.
We go to church, we homeschool our children or enroll them in Christian schools, we are always with our families and our comfortable circle of friends, and all that is good, but we never take the time to go and tell somebody about Jesus. Beloved, we need a passion for souls! We are indeed called to hate the things of this world and what the world has to offer. We must remember that Satan is the god of this world and we must remember that we are not from here. But we must have compassion for the lost…yes, the lost! You know, those kids showing half of their underwear in public, the homosexuals, our lost politicians, that co-worker that continuously pushes your buttons, that annoying family member, that woman that is on her third divorce, that man consumed by addictions and the list goes on and on. Who knows? They could repent of their sins and be saved from the flames of hell…but we keep hiding!
Holiness ought to give us a heart for the things of God, a special love for our brothers and sisters, but holiness also ought to break our hearts for lost souls. I say it is time to go and get them!
“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!” ― Charles H. Spurgeon