Burden For the Lost
Romans 9:1-3 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost.
That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
My teenage daughter is participating in a program at school called, “Shattered Dreams.” This is a program that helps students and their families address the deadly consequences of distracted driving which includes alcohol, drugs, texting while driving. My daughter’s role in this program will be “Living Dead,” each student playing this role will be pulled from class throughout the day to symbolize the number of lives taken by distracted driving, an obituary will be read, when they are pulled. Later when these students return back to class they are to go throughout the remaining of the day without speaking to anyone, head down making no eye contact. This is to represent how their presence will no longer be with us, only a memory.
We parents of the students playing the role of the “Living Dead,” are encouraged to write a letter to our child. This letter gives us an opportunity as parents to write things we would want them to know if given a chance before they passed.
As I sit here in front of a blanket sheet of paper, thinking of a novel I would write to my daughter. I can’t help but reflect on how this should be our mindset everyday with loved ones and the lost we encounter.
Each new day God wakes us, is another blank sheet of paper to share with others, the gospel of Christ, the message of salvation, love, encouragement, support, prayer..etc. Our time on earth is not promised, at anytime we can take our last breath and forever be just a memory. Many times when we lose a loved one, our exact thoughts are, I wish I could see them one more time, to hug, kiss, laugh with, talk to…etc. Looking at this sheet of paper, I can think of a million things to say to my daughter of how much she blessed my life. One thing that does bring me comfort is knowing she is saved. Wishing to hug, kiss and talk to her once more, will come again for us when we are together in heaven.
Out of all the things here on earth I have shared with my daughter, the most important thing I shared with her was Jesus and His gift of salvation. There will be many things I wish I could say to those I have lost, but knowing they are saved gives me peace, because I don’t ever have to wish I would have shared the gospel of salvation with them.
Lord, I praise You for giving me another day to share the glory of Your amazing grace. I pray Father to not take this day for granted, but to live as if Jesus is coming to take me home. Lord I pray to have a burden for lost hearts and share a your gift of salvation with all, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.