Base things of the world hath God chosen. — 1 Corinthians 1:28
Walk the streets by moonlight, if you dare, and you will see sinners then. Watch when the night is dark, and the wind is howling, and the picklock is grating in the door, and you will see sinners then. Go to yon jail, and walk through the wards, and mark the men with heavy over-hanging brows, men whom you would not like to meet at night, and there are sinners there. Go to the Reformatories, and note those who have betrayed a rampant juvenile depravity, and you will see sinners there. Go across the seas to the place where a man will gnaw a bone upon which is reeking human flesh, and there is a sinner there. Go where you will, you need not ransack earth to find sinners, for they are common enough; you may find them in every lane and street of every city, and town, and village, and hamlet. It is for such that Jesus died. If you will select me the grossest specimen of humanity, if he be but born of woman, I will have hope of him yet, because Jesus Christ is come to seek and to save sinners. Electing love has selected some of the worst to be made the best. Pebbles of the brook grace turns into jewels for the crown-royal. Worthless dross he transforms into pure gold. Redeeming love has set apart many of the worst of mankind to be the reward of the Saviour’s passion. Effectual grace calls forth many of the vilest of the vile to sit at the table of mercy, and therefore let none despair.
Reader, by that love looking out of Jesus’ tearful eyes, by that love streaming from those bleeding wounds, by that faithful love, that strong love, that pure, disinterested, and abiding love; by the heart and by the bowels of the Saviour’s compassion, we conjure you turn not away as though it were nothing to you; but believe on him and you shall be saved. Trust your soul with him and he will bring you to his Father’s right hand in glory everlasting.
I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.— 1 Corinthians 9:22
Paul’s great object was not merely to instruct and to improve, but to save. Anything short of this would have disappointed him; he would have men renewed in heart, forgiven, sanctified, in fact, saved. Have our Christian labours been aimed at anything below this great point? Then let us amend our ways, for of what avail will it be at the last great day to have taught and moralized men if they appear before God unsaved? Blood-red will our skirts be if through life we have sought inferior objects, and forgotten that men needed to be saved. Paul knew the ruin of man’s natural state, and did not try to educate him, but to save him; he saw men sinking to hell, and did not talk of refining them, but of saving from the wrath to come. To compass their salvation, he gave himself up with untiring zeal to telling abroad the gospel, to warning and beseeching men to be reconciled to God. His prayers were importunate and his labours incessant. To save souls was his consuming passion, his ambition, his calling. He became a servant to all men, toiling for his race, feeling a woe within him if he preached not the gospel. He laid aside his preferences to prevent prejudice; he submitted his will in things indifferent, and if men would but receive the gospel, he raised no questions about forms or ceremonies: the gospel was the one all-important business with him. If he might save some he would be content. This was the crown for which he strove, the sole and sufficient reward of all his labours and self-denials. Dear reader, have you and I lived to win souls at this noble rate? Are we possessed with the same all-absorbing desire? If not, why not? Jesus died for sinners, cannot we live for them? Where is our tenderness? Where our love to Christ, if we seek not his honour in the salvation of men? O that the Lord would saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men.
Spurgeon, C. H.
Beloved, right where you are – you’re ‘sphere of influence’ as it has been referenced – is precisely where God desires you be. Zeal of heart must compel us as we weave the gospel into conversations with whomever our paths cross daily. Janitor, secretary, cashier, doctor, nurse, (fill-in-the-blank) desperately needs to learn of the forgiveness available from their Creator. A few seeds sown today may yet bless with witnessing Almighty God breaking, due to our finite mind and limited perspective, the very hardest of hearts. How can we hoard for ourselves, as slothful servants, such untold wealth? God forbid! Arise Christian proclaiming the truth of what God has done for you, confident others will see a light radiating within. The Holy Ghost calls, equips, sends, and anoints obedience to the Great Commission; and, while traveling abroad is unfeasible for many – all can preach in our backyards without fear. Bombarded daily by a culture by what both it and prince of the power of the air tout as granting happiness, e.g. homes, 401-k, gold, a corner office, not only illusive but a soul toxin. To our finite minds, a darkness incapable of comprehension. Stand in a room devoid of light (crucial distinction returning topside – and a return to the sun’s warmth); when doing so meditate on Holy Writ revealed truth – this will be the unrelenting, eternal living quarters of all who reject salvation – horrors! Abraham, Lazarus and the rich man is a great word picture to drive home this reality. Life is a gift which can be extinguished at any moment, thus the American culture, and much of the bastardized social clubs headed by motivational speakers are in dire need of Jonathan Edwards-style preaching focusing on the reality of fire, brimstone and this abode utterly devoid of hope. We firmly rooted in the veil must report for duty, cast off the slothfulness that has rendered institutionalized churches into obscure, impotent gatherings. God requires not that we are eloquent of speech, or strong in our own strength. In fact, many of us are quite shy, this is where trust of Christ is required for it is the Holy Spirit which calls to our recollection scripture hidden in our heart to speak forth that which will pierce the hearts of individuals whose hearts he knows better than they themselves, it is He who quips bold proclamation to set captives free one soul at a time! It is our High Priest after the order of Melchisedec (Rm 5:6, 10, 6:20, 7:17, 20-28) alone that heal lost souls by His stripes granting penitent sinners eternal fellowship. No glory of self, we glory in Christ and Him crucified – the power of God unto salvation (Rm 1:16).
Go forth and sprinkle seeds trusting Lord of the Harvest to determine the quality of the ground upon which such seed falls. May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.