The lost—who are they? They are those who have never trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. They include all of mankind, as the children’s song says, ‘red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.’
The text in Luke chapter 10 is very appropriate for this thought.
Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
In verse one, we find that the disciples were appointed. Also, we find that they were sent.
In verse two, we find that the disciples were exhorted.
In verse three, we find that the disciples were vulnerable.
But the fact is clear, the disciples went.
This past Saturday, February 11, seven of our church members simply ‘went.’ They heeded the Lord’s command, appointment, and exhortation. I was so thrilled to see them go out into the highways and hedges. The neighborhood, a very nice upscale sub development, was predominantly made up of foreigners. Although, we did not have anyone to accept Christ, we did have the opportunity to share Christ and his salvation in printed form and in verbal conversation. One nice 56 year old Pakistani listened and conversed with us for about an hour. He had searched in many religions for the truth including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and others. Since he has not trusted in Christ as his personal Savior, he is a lost man. It is to this type of man that we are sent. It makes no difference what race or religion he is; Christ appointed his disciples to go into every city whither he himself would come. They were to be his advance team, if you please. Does Jesus want to go to our cities? Yes, for the Scriptures plainly tell us that He is not willing that ANY should perish. (II Peter 3:9)
We support David Edens as one of our missionaries. He prints the New Testament in the language of a certain desert people. He also provides the non-readers with a verbal MP3 player with the NT in their language. These people are being saved but are predominantly of another religion. David has heeded the admonition to go. Will we?