And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
In one of the devotionals that I read in the morning, I came across a phrase that stopped me in my tracks: God takes Hell seriously. I, of course, know this is true, but seeing it in writing that day gave me reason to pause. And I did just that. And I began to think of friends and loved ones who do not know Jesus. And I was reminded again that if the Holy Spirit doesn’t open their blind eyes (2 Corinthians 4:3-4), then they have no hope. So I determined to renew and rekindle my prayers for their salvation.
Here’s what Jack Miller said in the devo that I read:
God takes Hell seriously… Instead of deciding whether or not God will save someone, start by praying that the Holy Spirit will make your heart tender like Jesus. Are you tender toward people? Do you touch them with love? Are you gripped by what Christ can do for them? Pray, asking for living water for yourself, but then don’t just sit there. Make a list of five people you think are never going to get saved, and then start praying that the Father will seek them and make them true worshipers (John 4: 23). As you pray, the Spirit will open doors of sharing that will be remarkably simple—maybe as simple as “Jesus loves me and he loves you too.” (Saving Grace: Daily Devotions from Jack Miller)
Let’s renew our focus on the lost today. Here’s what you can do to get started:
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will make your heart tender.
- Make a list of 5 people that you know need to come home to Jesus and begin praying for them. (Why not pray right now for them?)
- When God opens doors for you, just simply tell them, “Jesus loves me and he loves you too.” You never know how that sentence can change their eternity!
Jesus loves me and He loves you too. Let’s go tell our friends, loved ones, and our city this good news!
– Pastor Benji