Monday, September 3, 2007
Who are your unsaved?
As I was praying today, I read the following scripture we all know so well: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." It is the next verse that really impacted me today: "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
The world..... "what or who is the world?" I often think in big terms...the world literally - globally - and yes, that is correct, however I began to think..."who in my world is unsaved and in danger of separation from God for eternity? ETERNITY WITHOUT BEING IN GOD'S LOVING PRESENCE!" Unacceptable!! Satan cannot have them!!
Why was it easy for me to surrender my life so many years ago? I was pretty hard hearted and rebellious but deep inside I was seeking true love - a higher love than humanly possible. I feel very blessed that I had a soft enough heart to accept the Lord Jesus. But so many seem to have a much tougher barrier around their hearts!? They have solid steel barriers, it seems. Is prayer enough to break down those barriers?? Honestly, I just don't know. I admit my doubts to you, my Pals. I feel a burden but just don't know if prayer will make a difference. What do you think?
I am very burdened today for the unsaved in my circle of family, friends and co-workers. I decided to make a list to see just how many people I know very well and/or see on an almost daily basis who do not know the love of Jesus and the gift of salvation. Some of them outwardly reject the One True God and salvation through His Son Jesus - others simply don't have a clue. Here is my list of unsaved ones and their relationship to me:
Cristina - coworker/friend
Lynn - coworker (outwardly rejects Christianity and all other religions for that matter)
Shirley - coworker (same as Lynn)
Joanne - coworker
David - Manager
Elizabeth - my direct report supervisor (she believes in a "source" - new age)
Todd - friend
Jerry - brother
Debbie - sister-in law (she does attend church - I'll give her that credit - so there is some superficial belief system I guess)
Dylan - nephew
Beth - sister (she has a very tough heart against Christianity (or any religion for that matter) - she was hurt badly by the the church as a child)
Chris - brother in law (atheistic/or agnostic at best)
Jeff - nephew
Stephanie - niece
Jan - niece
Colleen - cousin (I could list many relatives but Colleen seems to be on my heart the most - I know she was hurt/abused as a child)
There are a few lukewarm Christians in my life as well - they believe in the sacrificial death of Christ but it seems fairly superficial:
Mom and dad
Louise - my friend (her husband and children too)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you suffered an incredible horrible death for these people. I plead Your Holy Blood over them and pray their hearts would be convicted by the Holy Spirit and become opened to you Jesus! Please use me or others to lead them to your feet Lord! May any barriers that Satan has placed on their paths, or in their minds, come crashing down by the Power of Your Name Jesus! I thank you that you are moving Heaven and Earth to save these dear precious souls for Your Glory and Honour. With You Jesus, All Things Are Possible and I believe for the salvation of these I have listed. And all God's children said: AMEN!!
I pray this for your loved ones as well.
Julie (Little Missionary)