AND I SOUGHT FOR A MAN
‘And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.’
Wherever we are as believers in Christ, we are strategically placed there by God for the salvation of souls. We need to have that consciousness and be concerned about the salvation of those around us. We should reach out to those around us and pull them out of the path that heads towards their destruction. Everything may seem OK for them but that is as far as they can see. They are heading towards their doom and eternal seperation from Almighty God unless they change turn to the Lord.
‘There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.’
Jesus commissioned us and said, ‘go into all the world and preach the goodness..’ This is God’s strategic plan: He has positioned His children in different places and positions, so He can reach out through them to save those around them in those places. There are people with fake smiles on their faces, but on the inside they are dying, and heading to hell! If everyone around you, as a believer, went to hell, then the purpose of God placing you in their midst is defeated! You are not among them to follow their ways, but to fish them for Christ and His eternal Kingdom. You are a fisher of men.
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Our Lord Jesus clearly states what His mission is, and what that of the devil is, on the earth, and we should ask ourselves, which of these are fulfilling on the arth in the lives of men? Is it of the Lord, or that of the devil? And Paul declared that he would not be ashamed of the gospel, because he understood its power tobring slvation to the souls of men.
‘The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.’
The true state of an unbeliever is stated in 2 Corinthians 4:4,
‘But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.’
2 Corinthians 4:3-5
There is a blind on their hearts. They know not at what they stumble. What name do you call your curtains on your windows? Blinds. And what do those blinds do? To keep sunlight out. Another name for it is a veil. That veil is on their heart so that they will not see the light of the gospel. But when the gospel is preached and there is faith, that veil is taken away. And this is why we should aways request for His power backup everytime we stepout to preach the gospel. You are representing Him. The gospel is about Him and not you. So His power backs up the words you preach, and signs follow.
‘And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.’