When you think of the Church you should automatically think of the lost. We are the only people who exist for our non-members. We are here to serve God and honor Him by continuing what He began. What did He begin? Good question! He so loved the world that He sent His Son to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He so loved the world that His Son then sent the Church – His disciples – to seek and save the lost. It’s called the Great Commission which is to go into all the world and make disciples of people who are not even followers or believers yet.
The work of the Church and thus every individual who is a part of the Church is to transform unconvinced people into wholehearted followers of Jesus. To do this in today’s world we need to walk in the power of God and flow supernaturally. The world is looking for the supernatural. The unsaved are wanting something that is real, authentic, relevant, powerful, and life-changing. Young people are looking for something that will challenge them and give them vision and purpose, something they can invest their lives in. Winning the lost and transforming unbelievers into powerful disciples of Jesus is such a cause.
However, looking at most churches – read their Sunday bulletins and watch their lawn signs – their emphasis is to meet the needs of those who already attend. They don’t exist for others – they exit for themselves. Look at their weekly meeting schedules – it is all about “us” and not about “them.” Most churches keep their people so busy with events and programs and meetings … that they don’t have time or energy to develop relationships with the unsaved and thus do the real work of the ministry and fulfill the mandate of the Church as commanded by Jesus – who is, last time I checked, the Head of the Church. It is His Church and He is building it. Or is He?
Transforming unconvinced people into wholehearted followers of Jesus is the work of the Church and thus of every believer who calls on the Name of the Lord. Every disciple has a God-given focus … to make disciples for Jesus in their part of the world.
Jesus did say – and it is still valid today – “follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” If we are not fishing – we are not following! It is sad but true. There are few real disciples in the Church today. As a result, we are attracting few of the young people to our work of winning the world. In fact, we are having trouble keeping those who we already have. Here is a truth to ponder: “Focus on the people you want to reach and you’ll keep the people you want to keep.” (Steven Furtick)
Just a thought for today.