My wife works in the home health business and has the opportunity to care for people in the last stages of life on this earth. At times she's able to deal with people about the condition of their soul, sometimes just days before they pass.
Some are quite anxious and embrace the opportunity to get things right with the Lord. Others reject the opportunity and go on to eternity without the blood of Jesus, what a fearful thought.
She recently was able to lead a woman to the Lord just days before she passed, what a joy.
A few months earlier however, she asked a woman at deaths door, if she loved Jesus, and the woman coldly responded "no!" That woman as far as we know went on to spend eternity without God.
The past three outreaches we've had, we've encountered people coming under much fearful conviction and with tears, they gave their hearts to the lord. One man called Rodney on the phone out of the blue, under much conviction, and basically said "what must I do to be saved?" This encourages me to continue to faithfully pray for souls we've ministered to even if we don't see or hear from them for some time.
I know what it's like to be in that place of warfare, where you know the Bible's true but the hook of the world is in you. That's a very fearful and uncomfortable place to be. I can remember before I got saved being in that place and thank God for people who were faithfully praying God's hand on me.
Some who have recently made decisions for God have been avoiding us as we follow up on them. You know, peeking out of the blinds when we go to their house or not answering their phone.
We don't harass them to much, but as Christians part of our job is to be the ones extending a hand to pull them out of the fire. This can be an awkward place and most Christians today avoid it like the plague.
God never violates our free will and it's ultimately up to the person to go public and accept Christ. But real love on our part is, to extend a hand, best we can, and say jump!
As Christians were the ones who are suppose to be rushing in and rescuing people from the wrath to come. If we don't, who will?
Jesus came to seek and save. The enemy has a tight grip on many that are supposed to be in God's kingdom.
How many, if we took some time, extended a hand, through the warfare, through the awkward feelings, through the conviction, would jump?
I bet more than we think!