Reaching the lost is the very heartbeat of God

Luke 5:4 says, "He said to Simon, put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch."

Peter had fished all night and had caught nothing. He was no doubt tired, but at the Lord's urging he took the nets out and lowered them in deep water. The catch was so great that both boats began to sink. Peter fell at Jesus' feet and bade Jesus to leave. He knew that he was a great sinner in the presence of the master. What was Jesus' reply? "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men" (Luke 5:10).

As believers none of us are worthy, but God qualifies us by His grace. He directs us into the harvest field. What a privilege to be a soul winner. What a noble call. Working with the Holy Spirit we are asked by God to testify to a lost and dying world (John 15:26-27).

We can share in the reward of the gospel. We are to preach the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the gospel of grace. Proverbs 11:30 says, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." Believer, have you been sharing your faith with the lost? It is not a work but a privilege.

The great commission of Jesus is to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20). Reaching the lost is the very heartbeat of God. The Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost. Let us clothe ourselves this day with the power of the Spirit that we might do the work of Him who said, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and finish His work. Do not say four months more and then the harvest. I tell you open your eyes and look at the fields they are ripe for harvest" (John 4:34-35).

Jesus sends us out to reap and to share in the joy of doing so. Many will spurn and reject us, but others will hunger for what we share. The time is urgent. Preach the word! Share the gospel! God has empowered us with His Spirit to do so. Jesus makes us fishers of men. It is a wonderful part of our heritage in belonging to Him. There may be a cost, but the reward is far greater. May God grant that we are bold in sharing the gospel in these difficult times. We have the words of eternal life to give to others. Lord, we pray, open hearts to your Word.

Roger Scalice, pastor of Streams of Grace Church, 455 S. Kirkland Road, Golden Valley, can be heard online at www.streamsofgracechurch.com. He can be reached at streamsofgracechurch@live.com or at 565-9611.