My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering, will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20).
Y’all, my Pastor finished a series called Tested and Approved this week. I’m wanting to share with you, his guideline on this particular service. This series made a huge impact in my life, and my Prayer is that it will change yours too.
Friends, we can ALL be labeled as a wanderer. We need to call it like it is. Stop looking at everyone else, and take a good hard look, at the truth in ourself. We have either wandered (PAST TENSE) or we are still wandering (PRESENT TENSE) or someday we will wander (FUTURE TENSE). It is just the way our deceitful hearts are.
My Pastor described wandering as…”Proceeding without a proper sense of direction.” “Led astray.” “Turning to our own way.” All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned, every one, to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him, the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6).
Like foolish sheep, we wander away from our Good Shepherd, away from the safety of the fold, and we expose ourselves to countless dangers. Read (John 10:1-18).
Kurtis used this scenario:
Kurtis loved the game of basketball in school, however, he couldn’t play well. He loved how he looked on the court, but his skills of the game, were rather lacking. He spent more time, being consumed by how he looked, instead of how he played. In other words, he was engaged in the game, but NOT the team. If we aren’t careful, that can be said, of our Christian walk as well. Can you say OUCH! Told you this was good stuff!
Pastor Kurtis’s story led to a better ending. A fellow player asked to spend time with him. He wanted to coach him, and give him pointers, which lead him on a better path. Guess what beloved, once someone took the time, to come along side of him, and show him the correct way, his life was forever changed. His love for the game changed.
That can said about you and I also. We need to be that Friend, that will lead others towards Jesus Christ, in a loving way, not pointing fingers. Sadly, we are too prone to judge WHY someone is wandering, instead of lovingly bringing them back. Don’t beat them over the head! Give them Love in truth! Let God do the convicting.
As born again followers of Jesus Christ, God uses you and I, as his instruments to help guide and lead others. No person is NOT promised a next breath, let alone tomorrow. If you see someone wandering, whether that be a believer, or a non believer, we are called to pull them back. One who wanders from the way of good sense will rest in the assembly of the dead. (Proverbs 21:16).
If we are NOT willing to start a conversation with a brother or sister in love, or that unbeliever, their blood will be on our hands. They will end up on a path of destruction, and eternal damnation, apart from Jesus Christ, for ALL eternity.
Isn’t it better to point out their lives, aren’t being led by scriptures now, rather than later. And the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their mouth, and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men. (Isaiah 29:13).
Wrong way to start a Conversation
- Why haven’t you been to Church?
- Are you even saved?
- I hope it all works out for you!
Right way to start a Conversation
- How are you doing?
- Hear! Listen! Understand!
- What do you think God has been showing you?
- Share your wandering tendencies!
- How can I help you?
Scriptures Of Reference
- And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. (Matthew 24:4).
- There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12).
- But you yourselves wrong and defraud, even your own brothers! (1 Corinthians 6:8).
- Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! (Psalm 103:20).
- And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
- Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12-13).
- What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. (Matthew 18:12-13).
- If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. (Ezekiel 3:18).
- Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2).
- But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2:5).
Be a Faithful Witness for Jesus Christ today Friends. If you witness a brother or sister wandering away, go to them in love, and pull them back.
If you know someone who doesn’t know God as their personal savior, help them to understand they are LOST, so they can be FOUND.
Don’t just tell them about the Cross, take them to the Cross.
Many have the idea that a Christian life is perfect, when in reality, we are ALL imperfect , which is why we need the Cross.
Church isn’t a house for Saint’s, it’s a hospital for Sinner’s. Which includes every single person EVER created…Apart from Jesus Christ.
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.