From Darkness To Life

If someone close to you were to be on their deathbed. You knew that at any moment they would pass from life to death. If they called you close so they could give you some instruction or words of wisdom. Do you think it would be of the utmost importance? Yes, I think it would.

Think of this then. As the last words that Jesus spoke to His disciples. They were one of His most important instructions He ever gave them.

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

Consider His words carefully. This was His last instruction to His disciples. How important should this commission be to all of His true disciples? Especially in these dark days that you live. In these last and frightening days, when there is not much time left for the souls who reside on this earth.

For those who live in darkness and walk around in a way they don’t even know leads to death, destruction, and hell. Did you know, on any given day, over 150,000 people die on this earth? No one knows the day or hour that they will step into eternity. It is our job as believers in Jesus to proclaim the Gospel so that they may be saved.

There is no greater work, no more important command the Lord Jesus has given you. Yes, love one another in many ways. But the most important mission is to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” To spread the knowledge of the love of God, the mercy of God, the grace of God, and the forgiveness of God to the lost. To the broken, hurting, and destitute, who wander around in their own sin and live in darkness. This is adjacent to God’s greatest commandments. 

And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:35-40

Jesus loves everyone and does not want them to perish, even those who crucified Him. Because their eyes had been blinded and their ears covered. He asked that they would be forgiven.

And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on His right and one on His left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:33-34

His heart is close to the blind, deaf, hurting, and lost that wander around living life their own way. I pray that the Lord will cause your heart to be broken for the lost and hurting. I pray He will give you a sense of love and urgency to seek to save those who are lost. To those who don’t even know that they are on the path that leads to destruction.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:13-14

In whatever way the Lord leads you to share the Word of God, the Bread of Life (Jesus), and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are lost, do it, and do not delay. 

As a follower of Jesus, you have been given gifts and talents, and you have been placed exactly where God wants you. He has done this for the express purpose that you would seek to save the lost and encourage the weak. To call the burdened to repentance. May you use every resource you have been given to do the work of the Lord, for the sake of Christ, and for the sake of those who desperately need to know the love, mercy, and grace of God. 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. Colossians 3:23-25

Oh, the joy and gladness there will be in Heaven when you are found to be responsible for the sowing or harvesting of the seeds of Salvation. It is the power that breathes life into those who were dead, that turns one soul from death to light from darkness to life. To preach the Gospel and repentance to those headed for Hell is the most important thing anyone can do for the kingdom of God.

Listen to how Charles Spurgeon puts the seriousness of reaching the lost and take it seriously to heart. “Put thine ear at hell’s gate, and for a little while listen to the combined screams and shrieks of agony and feel despair that shall rend thine ear; and as thou wilt hear the voice, ‘Minister! Minister! woe is unto thee if thou preachest not the gospel.’

Only let us have these things before our eyes, and we must preach. Stop preaching! Stop Preaching! Let the sun stop shining, and we will preach in darkness. Let the waves stop their ebb and flow, and still our voice shall preach the gospel. Let the world stop its revolutions, let the planets stay their motion; we will still preach the gospel.”

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