Seeking The Lost
A Fictional Narrative
“How shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)
The trip from the southern territory to the north would be a difficult one for the man. He would miss those in the southern territory and he had some apprehension about how he would be received in the north.
There was a book that told of a better life now and better life in the future for those that received the words of the book. Those in the southern territory believed the book and knew what the book said about a time of great trouble in the world that was about to take place. They were comforted in knowing that they would be rescued from the worst of what was to come. The man was traveling north to let those that lived in the northern territory know what those in the south already knew. The man loved the south; they were so open about how they had been blessed by what was in the book, and they freely shared this with others who had not heard how they too could be blessed. They also shared what the book had to say about what the future held.
His journey was a difficult one because he carried with him the burden of letting all those in the north know that there were terrible times ahead. He had good news as well that he hoped all those he would come across would accept because he knew that in them accepting the good news their lives would be blessed. They would be rescued as well from the terrible times coming.
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh saved: but for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21,22).
What he found when he arrived in the northern territory shocked him. Very few wanted to hear what he had to say even though he tried to explain the serious nature of what the book proclaimed. He tried everything with the people including leaving excerpts from the book in places he knew they frequented. Nothing seemed to get their attention. What could he do to make them realize just how serious the situation was?
“And the servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).
The people in the north seemed to be very satisfied with their lives and did not think that what he was trying to tell them was for them. Many had been told other things and saw him as a threat to what they believed. However, most of the people he spoke with were polite, but some saw him as a fanatic, or felt he was making too much of things. Others seemed to agree, but he realized that they did not really grasp the full impact of the words he shared because they made no changes in their lives as a result of what they heard.
What would happen to these people? They were going about their lives with no thought about the future. They had a chance to come into the knowledge that would assure them of a wonderful blessed future. And they could be rescued from the certain terrible trouble coming upon the world. The man loved the people of the northern territory and continued to share from the book. It was all he could do!
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).
The people themselves would have to come to the realization that the good news and warning he shared each day were of great importance in their lives. He knew that a changed life was a miracle and he prayed that for all of them. Only time would tell what would become of those in the northern territory. The book was very clear on what they needed to do to change their lives for the better now and be rescued from all that was coming. And the book was very clear on what would happen to those that rejected the message. His hope was that they would heed the message he proclaimed. We end our story with the man praying that those in the northern territory would accept what the book proclaimed. He knew their lives would change for the better and that they would be safe and secure against what the book warned would be a time of great tribulation on the earth.
“Therefore just as the Holy Spirit says, Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…..” (Hebrews 3:7,8)
So, what does the book of our story have to say? Well, it’s the Bible and it says the following:
We are to admit we are sinners unable to save ourselves: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23), and “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
We are to acknowledge that Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross: ” He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
We are to place our faith in Him (Jesus) and His great sacrificial work on the cross: “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him From the dead, you shall be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Today is the day of salvation! We are not promised tomorrow. He has given us His Word that we might know the way… The way of the cross.
We pray for all those that are lost in this world; that they would sense the Holy Spirit drawing them to the One that loves them, and gave His life as a sacrifice for their sins that they might have “Newness of Life” in Him and be rescued from the wrath to come. Amen.
God Loves You
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