Often times we sing the song, “Does Jesus Care”. This is a very comforting song and is often sung at funerals. There is a joy that fills the heart, especially when we sing the chorus, “O yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief; when the days are weary, The long night dreary, I know my Saviour cares.” How do we know he cares? Well, the Bible tells us he does and how much. Jesus cares for you and me so much until he was willing to die for us that we might live. He has proven his love for us. Jesus left all the beauties and glories of heaven and came to this sin-cursed earth in order to pay the ransom price for the sins of man. (Philippians 2:5-8). In Luke 19:10 we read, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
How much do we really care for the lost? How much do we love them? John said, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
- How much do you love your own soul? Do you talk righteously but do not act so? Do you really want to go to heaven? Do you quickly find an excuse for not serving the Lord or do you faithfully serve him? Do you attend all the services of the church possible and work for the cause of Christ? If not, why not? If your soul is saved, it will be because you love God, His Son, the church, the Bible and your soul more than anyone or anything in this life. Jesus said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple...so likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26, 33) I know some do not love their own soul for they will not attend worship or serve the Lord. Some of you have been pleaded with time and time again, but continue to give some silly excuse for not faithfully serving God.
- Do you love the souls of your children and grandchildren? You do not unless you are a faithful, dedicated example of Christianity. Oh, you say, I provide for them well. I give them a good house, car, boat, etc. I cook, iron, etc. for them. Yes, but that wasn't the question. The question was, “Do you love the souls of your children and grandchildren?” Parents have an obligation to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and yet, many seem to think they are doing someone a favor when they bring their children to Bible classes and worship service once in a while. Parents, how can you look your children in the face and say, “I love you.”, and then not be faithful in services and not work for the saving of lost souls.
- How much do you love the soul of your husband or wife? Do you set the best example for him or her? Does your mate know that God comes first even before him or her? Do you act un-Christian? Do you curse, swear, get mad, fuss, drink, etc.? Do you ever invite Christian friends into your home that your mate may get to know them and to appreciate them? It seems that some couldn't care less if their mate is lost. How much do you care?
- How much do you love the lost in the community? Do you say, “Yes, I want them to be saved and go to heaven,” but never do anything toward their salvation? Do you believe the world is saying of the church today, “Those people really care about lost souls?”
- How much do you love your unfaithful brethren? Paul said, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1). How many of the unfaithful have you contacted lately concerning their soul? Have you even considered their unfaithfulness? James said, “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19, 20)
Remember, we are to love in deed and in truth. Brethren, how much do we really love the lost?