For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3:16
God’s number one passion is soul winning. His great concern for humans is understandable: He made man in His own image and likeness which accounts for His unwillingness for any man to perish. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”The Lord’s overwhelming passion to reconcile men to Himself is highlighted in the assignment He gave to Jesus, buttressed by these words of the Master Himself: “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”(John 10:10).
Again in John 4:34, He emphasized His passion for soul winning when He said, “…My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”The Lord Jesus Christ has in turn passed this same passion to the Church. He said in Mark 16:15, “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”As a Christian, above everything else, you’re to take the responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel very seriously; do your utmost in this regard.
In writing to the Christians in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul, in Ephesians 2:12-13, describes the hopelessness of a person without Christ: he’s alienated from the life of God, and a stranger to the covenant of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. This should inspire you to pray for lost souls and preach the Gospel with passion. Nothing should matter more to you than to see those for whom Jesus died brought into their inheritance in Him.
If you’ve been passionate about the message of the Gospel, keep at it, for it’s the only hope for an ailing world. The Lord is counting on you for the salvation of many in your world, and in the regions beyond. So be faithful in your responsibility as a soul winner.
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Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for entrusting me with the divine responsibility of reaching those in my world and in distant lands with the message of eternal life. My passion for lost souls is stirred today with renewed commitment, and I declare that the light of your glorious Gospel is blazing intensely in the hearts of men, destroying the bonds of religion and taking away darkness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 3:6