One of our young church planters exhibits that spirit. John Michael Gibson and Brittany have shown that excitement going after the lost in the city of Miami. He is so excited looking for the lost ones who are in danger of losing their lives spiritually. The joy he has when one is found seems to be greater because of the search for them.
Are you going after your ONE like Jesus said to go after the “lost sheep” or the lost man or woman who has wandered away from His creator. Or, maybe you are going after the one who is saved, who has turned away from His Savior and Lord and become a ”backslider?” That old church word just means, you have not been living like you used to when you were right with God and serving Him faithfully.
Is your ONE lost or a backslider? It will make a difference how you approach your ONE. It is just a different kind of conversation as you talk about Jesus. For the lost ONE, your conversation eventually needs to be about salvation and eternal life in Jesus. Getting to know your ONE first is important and talking about things that are important to them helps break the ice. You want to make a friend before you lead them to the Lord, if it is possible. But when it is time and the Spirit of God leads you, you might walk to ask questions like:
“If you were to die tonight, do you know where you will spend eternity?” Or,
“If you were to die tonight and you stood before God and He were to ask you, ‘Why should I let you into my heaven,” what would you say?’” Or,
you might want to talk to your ONE who is lost about the special love of God He has for them, shown His death on the cross of Christ. Or,
Jesus came from a perfect heaven to this old and fallen world where life is tough and people can be tougher, just to say to you, “I love you so much that I died for you so that you can have a relationship with God the Father.”
Share the Cross!
Now for the backslider, your conversation can be quite different. Why do you think that is so? They have seen and felt the love of God through salvation and the Spirit of God lives in them. Your conversations and dealings with them come from the heart of a brother or sister in Christ. Sometimes they have wandered away because of problems in their lives or because they have been hurt at sometime by a believer, or just a lost church member who was cruel to them. Sometimes it is not justified, but that they were just immature and stayed a baby and someone “took their toys away from them,” so to speak and hurt their immature feelings. Your conversations, in any case, need to be encouraging not condemning. You are there to help reconcile them to Christ the Savior.