William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, said: “If I thought could win one more soul to the Lord by walking on my head and playing the tambourine with my toes, I’d learn how!”
C.T. Studd, a famous British cricket player turned preacher, said: “Some wish to stay within the sound of the church or chapel bell, I’d rather run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”
Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher of the 1800’s, stated: “I question whether the defences of the gospel are not sheer impertinences. The gospel does not need defending. If Jesus Christ is not alive and cannot fight His own battles, then Christianity is in a bad state. But He is alive, and we have only to preach His gospel in all its naked simplicity, and the power that goes with it will be the evidence of His divinity.”
These men were in touch with the heart of God who will that “all men be saved.” They were not ‘playing church’ nor were they attempting to escape from the real world. Rather, just the opposite. Thy jumped right into the middle of real life and preached Jesus who is the only One who can change a life. They had each personally experienced a powerful change in their lives when they encounter God through Jesus Christ and so were convinced that Jesus would change the lives of others who heard the Gospel. So, their main task throughout their lives was to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to the lost. They did this in church buildings, in the fields or rural areas and the streets of the cities, and one-on-one when talking with the unsaved. Evangelism was not something they did – it was a way of life for them.
We should not write this off with thoughts such as: “Well that was then and this is now;” and “They were professional preachers and I am not.” The truth is they realized that they were saved by grace through faith in Jesus and His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead (Ephesians 2:8-9). Then, as the next verse states: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). These men realized that the good works that the Father had planned for them to do involved doing just what Jesus did – “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). They understood that every believer was “to go into all the world and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19) and, as believers, they obeyed this command known as The Great Commission.
So, the Church should not have a lost and found department. The church should be the “lost and found department” for the Kingdom of God. That is how God designed it to function and that is the call of God on the Church that Jesus is building. This is the only task that Jesus left us and everything we do within the Church should be training and equipping, encouraging and motivating, the saints to do what God left us here to accomplish for Him – winning the lost to Him. To do anything else is to ‘play church.’ And, to fail to do this is disobedience at best and rebellion at its worst.
God is looking for loyal hearts that want to fulfill His plan and His purpose for their lives and for His Church.