Forgetting The Lost

August 30, 2006 — 4 Comments

Missions must ring within every believer – a cry for the dying souls must be found within the heart of every Christian. How can a he live his life each and every day without feeling some sense of fear for his fellow man? How can a Christian pass a stranger without warning him that he may be that very day heading to a place of eternal torment, of eternal suffering, and eternal punishment given to him from a holy, righteous, and just God?

As Christians we have received a mandate to go into all the world and share the glorious gospel that has been given to us. How can we be so prideful, so spiteful, so corrupt, and so heartless to keep this cure to a cancer with far greater consequences than death to ourselves? Could this neglect be something more than just fear that our friends, our neighbors, or our relatives will laugh at what we have to say? Or could it be something so simple, yet so profound, that we have overlooked it because it is the very thing which we lean on to avoid sharing the gospel?

It is obvious that the problem with many, if not most, Christians today is not fear. It is pride.

Christians value their reputations more than the fate of a brother or sister, a mother or father, a friend or a neighbor. They value their job more than the lives of the dying. That is sin – a deep, dark, abysmal sin that so many are trapped in today. And it’s doing even more damagae. The trap of pride is breaking apart churches across American, ripping through congregations holding on to their pride until the boat sinks beneath the waves of sin. This has to stop – this mustn’t continue.

No one is innocent of this. No one has not allowed pride to rule in their lives, giving into the lie that they will lose their reputation, their friends, or even their lives. Pride continues to force many to believe that the words they speak will not sound right, or will not “work.” What Christians decide to forget is that they are not the ones winning souls to Christ – it is the Holy Spirit.

Are we as a people ready to overcome our pride, or will we continue to stumble?

Tim Sweetman

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Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

4 responses to Forgetting The Lost

  1. Amen! Very good post! Thank you!

  2. I agree with you 100% It is also a great shame that many put a lot of effort into overseas missions,yet forget the great need that abides in their homeland.But I love missions!

  3. Hi Tim,

    I posted your blog entry on humility on Real Teen Faith yesterday. I’d love to send you an autographed copy of Real Teens, Real Stories, Real Life to thank you. Let me know where to send it, and keep posting. You are doing a great job.

    Suzanne Eller

  4. I really like what you have to say. I hope to be a missionary someday in Mexico, but all to often I find that I’m not being a missionary right here, right now.

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