A little over a month ago I completed my final DMin ministry project. Included in this project were 20 devotionals (five per week for four weeks) distributed to adult Sunday School classes that served to reinforce the four purposes of Sunday School. I will be sharing those devotionals here during the month of June.
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:1-3)
Why evangelize? One reason: lostness is real. Paul paints a very unflattering picture of what the life of a lost person looks like. Terms such as “dead,” “trespasses and sins,” and “children of wrath” are ones with which we would rather not be associated. They do, however, accurately describe our lives before Jesus saved us. We did what we wanted, lived how we wanted, and said what we wanted to with no regard for God and His holiness. Paul said that our natural tendency was to satisfy our fleshly, earthly desires. In this condition, we were completely separated from God, and had we died in that condition, we would have been eternally separated from Him. Millions and millions of people, perhaps your friends and family, are in this state of lostness today. It is not God’s desire for people to perish in their lostness. It is His desire that all come to repentance. Those who have been saved by God’s grace have a story to tell, a story of redemption and rescue.
Questions for Reflection.
What comes to your mind when you think about the condition of the those who are lost and far away from God?
It is very likely that you know someone who is lost. Would you commit to pray for them daily?