And whose life are you touching . . . ?

I want to ask you a very serious question . . . think about it.

Why are you here? To marry, get a job, enjoy life, make money?

I am sorry, but too often in my conversations, it seems like these are priorities of life, but guys . . . what is the value of these? NOTHING! unless . . . well, I will get back to that

Here is another question.

Do you care about your neighbors (Jesus’ definition) soul?

Think a moment about where they will go if they die. Guess what, while you are worshiping God, they will be in Hell . . . no other place. unless .  . . well, I will get back to that

What are you really doing to reach them?

Are you giving money? Is that really the answer (no). Are you spending time teaching Sunday School (a part of the answer . . . but there are more needy people out there)? Are you “showing others through your actions”? Does that really tell them who you are(no). but there is one was to reach them . . . well, I will get back to that

What are their souls worth to you?

Have you read “In His Steps” recently and are you willing to take the same challenge? Are you willing to quit your job and move to tell them about Jesus? Are they worth that much? Are you willing to pay for a hotel room for one? Are they worth that to you? Because they were worth a sovereign soul to God.

You see, until you invest in them so much that you bleed, you do not know them. You do not cars for them. Well, actually you do love them and care for them . . . but there is no way you can identify with them or make a true impact on or in them. In working with the worst of the worst, the ministry I work with has just recently begun to reach this point. After thousands of dollars worth of sacrifice, hundreds of hours worth or care, concern, and love, we are finally getting a glimpse.

What is the glimpse we got? Well, one of the girls we are working with has been doing great in church, but her mother is pressuring her to get pregnant. “She will never be good for marriage, but she can get pregnant and I need help paying the bills (she has 23 siblings).” Sure, we can condemn them and blame them for abusing the system, but does that meet their needs, get them closer to Christ, or solve their problem? Let Rush blast them for being money drains (which they should be blasted for), but our call, as called ones, it to reach beyond that and find the really issue. The issue of Christ.

So, Whose life are you touching . . . and how are you willing to touch it?

5 thoughts on “And whose life are you touching . . . ?”

  1. Sounds a bit like works to me. Should you feel less Christian because you dont "bleed" for them., didnt Christ already bleed . The book in his steps has the works down right, it can also lack the intimate relationship.

  2. I don't see how this is works . . . salvation is not through works (though works are the evidence of salvaiton [i.e. the two are inseperable]). The point I am making is that, in America, we focus so much on our stuff, and our appearance, while we have no perspective (or sometimes concern) for someone elses soul.

    In my role in the ministry, I hear about so many new youth strategies that are going to produce so many youth that are on fire for the Lord, and I just see them all come and go with the primary result being that the person who created the curriculum getting richer. I am insisting that new currculums, not focuses, not music, is not going to help the eternal goal. The salvations of those around us. Instead of spending money on new Sunday School material, lets do a mission project where our youth become entrinched with the most needy and experience their needs at the deepest level. This will have a greater effect on the youth's Christianity.

  3. When it gets down to it, my point is very simple. We are here to glorify God and bring others to glorify Him. We do a good job in the glorifying department, but we do a horrible job in the bringing others department. In fact, most churches in the U.S. right now are declining, and quite a for of those which are growing (larger churches) are usually prostilatizing and not bringing in true "new" church members. I think that this is becuase we have not taught that there is no greater calling than bringing someone, or assiting in the bringing someone to Christ (this is not talking about the "pastor" but about fathers and mothers, coworkers and the sort. Instead, we have been taught that we are not to make ripples or hurt anyones feelings. We are not to bring up "sensitive" subjects like sin.

  4. I am asking people to look at themselves and ask . . . am I really living out Christianity, or am I living out life with a "Christian" focus? Is my faith so strong that I can "radiate" my Christianity through how I act, or is my faith so strong that I actually talk to people about Christ (or make it so others can tell about Christ)? Am I trying to make those I meet like me, or am I trying to make sure that they like me for all eternity?

    Where is our focus? Here or there? Short term or Long term? Cause I really don't see too many people who are concerned about the long term.

  5. The problem is, you are and must focus on externalities for measurement or observation of this philosophy of the Christian walk you speak of.

    This is necessary: we humans can only observe and judge by quantifiable criteia.

    However, it is also dangerous when speaking of spiritual life, which we can agree is more "real" than this physical life.

    We cannot live by bread alone (quantifiable) but by all the words of God (spiritual).

    James entreats us to live out our faith through our works, and that without works, faith is dead. But at the same time, Jesus tells us not to do our works publicly or with the intent of public praise. So we cannot necessarily see the works that others perform.

    Because, as humans, we can only judge based on quantifiable attributes, and yet we cannot judge because of the weakness of such a measure in a spiritual life, the admonition not to judge is all the more important to us.

    I live my life seeking to grow closer to Christ. I work in the ways He has brought before me and has directed me towards. I encourage others to draw closer to Christ, knowing that real Christ-desire will birth such works that I may or may not ever see. And I attempt to refrain from judgment of works.

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