Summary: What kind of people do not care about lost souls? Be careful reading this, it might include you!
HOW MUCH DO WE CARE FOR SOULS?
TEXT: Psa 142:4 - Young man from Israel that I roomed with in college! When I witnessed to him he said "you are the first person in my life that has ever cared for my soul."
I was wondering Are we really concerned for others? If the unsaved perish. Do we care? If they are lost forever.
I/ FIRST, LET’S LOOK AT WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT LOST SOULS!
A. WE KNOW GOD THE FATHER CARES!John 3:16
B. WE KNOW THE LORD JESUS CARES! - Rom 5:8
C.AND THE HOLY SPIRIT CARES - Rev 22:17
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
D. ALSO THE SAVED ONES IN HEAVEN CARE
They rejoice when a sinner is saved. Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
So the saved ones in heaven care. Who else cares?
E. DO YOU KNOW THE LOST ONES IN HELL CARE
They would like to come back and warn us. In Luke 16:28 The rich man in hell sees Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom, and asks Abraham to send Lazarus back to warn his 5 brothers.
So we can see even the lost ones in hell care.
Now I have shown that the entire Godhead and everyone in heaven and hell cares about the eternal destiny of souls.
-> so why are we so often indifferent and apathetic?
II/ WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DO NOT CARE ABOUT LOST SOULS?
I know it is easier to preach 10 sermons than to live one. But please listen carefully to each scripture I read, then try to walk in the light and allow God’s Spirit to teach. The next few groups of people that do not care, may include us.
1. Christians who are fearful or lazy do not care.
Mat 25:25-27 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strowed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
Every man that has received the gospel and all the blessings of salvation and has not passed them on, is a servant who has robbed his master of His proper increase. We owe our fellow man to pass on the message of salvation.
2. Next, Disobedient Christians do not care.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mat 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
It is obvious that these 11 disciples could not reach the whole world, they were just to begin the work and then teach every Christian to go do the same. They were to do this in Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Jesus here, plainly commanded every Christian to win souls and teach them. Christian people are always wondering what the Will of God is for their lives? Well there it is, win souls and teach them to win other souls.
3.Next,Christians who do not love Christ do not care.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him..
What does "keep my word’s" mean? John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. Plainly this means do what He ask’s! Well what does He want us to do?
Here are two things for sure. Mark 16:15 Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He also said in John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." So, if we love Christ, we will for sure love one another & care about lost souls!
4.Next,Christians who do not follow Christ do not care.
Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
The best way to learn to be a soul winner is to follow Jesus or someone who is following Jesus. Jesus said if you come after Him, He will make you fishers of men!