Sunday, August 9, 2009

Do we care enough?

This thought has come to me many times over the years. Are we truly concerned enough, and really care about, loved ones and friends who do not know Christ?

Our Sunday School lessons have been on Revelations for several weeks now. The Second Coming, the tribulation, the anti-Christ. It has awakened me to the fact that Christ's second coming is close. Closer than it has ever been. It has also made me more determined to be ready when He comes.

His coming could be a hundred years from now too, though doubtful, but we are not guaranteed tomorrow. I just heard of a tragic accident last night. A couple killed instantly in a head-on collision by a semi truck as they traveled home from a vacation in Gettysburg, PA.
( They left behind an eight year old boy, and some older kids in their 20's. The woman was my third cousin, though I didn't know her well. As far as I know, they were both ready to meet God. But what if they hadn't been? If you or I die tomorrow, will we be ready?

This may come across as judging, but I do not intend it to be. I don't know what goes on behind the scenes. but I have known people over the years who had children far from God. Yet many of them never request prayer in church for them. Never go to the altar under a burden of prayer for them. Now I know one doesn't have to express it in public to be concerned, but it does make me wonder....have we really caught the vision of our loved ones bound for hell? If they die without Christ, will we look down at their body and wish we had done more? (And yes, people may pray and cry their eyes out at home....I am leaving room for that.)

I have been worried about one of my friends lately. Endless emails, chats, and nothing seems to really get home. In church, we ask if anyone has any unspoken prayer requests, and my hand goes up for him. I have asked some people to pray for him. I have lost sleep, cried, prayed....and wonder is there more I should do? If he died tonight without Christ, would I wish I had done more?

I really don't intend to judge people who never seem to show any outward concern in public about unsaved children. I do believe if we all got a vision of hell, it would cause us all to strive to get closer to God, and we would do everything in our power to get unsaved loved ones to God.

There is an old song that goes something like this:

Lord, lay some soul upon my heart
And love that soul through me
And may I nobly do my part
To win that soul for Thee

I am not out to condemn anyone. I do believe that Christ is coming soon, that eternity is forever, and we all need to pray harder for our friends and relatives who are not ready to meet God.


Me, Myself and I... said...

Sometimes the best thing we can do for someone is pray for them. I believe with my heart that we plant seeds for Christ to enter. We plant the seed of Christ in their mind and then God can do His part. We can be there if they ask questions, if they seem interested in what you're talking about. I'm always reminded by songs when I hear this type of discussion. One is by V'enna called Why did I let you go. It reminds me to always make sure that if I don't know, I ask, do you know Christ? Now I'm not the perfect Christian and I don't know I would consider myself a good one at all. I'm full of flaws but God knows me and knows where my heart is at the end of the day. I think the best way to teach about Christ is to let Christ shine through me in everything I do, let other people see the incredible things He has done in my life. Christ saved my life more then once, its the very least I can do to repay him! :) Pray for your friend, as I will also and hopefully everyone else who reads this will pray too!