Pray that the saints would learn to be burdened with the loving concern of God’s heart toward perishing sinners and that they would touch God’s heart toward sinners and allow Him to work Himself into them so that their heart might become a reproduction of His heart (Luke 19:10; John 3:16-17; Rom. 5:6-8; Titus 3:3-5).
Luke 19:10 — For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which is lost.
John 3:16-17 — For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Rom. 5:6-8 — For while we were yet weak, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will anyone die, though perhaps for the good man someone would even dare to die. But God commends His own love to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Titus 3:3-5 — For we also were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving as slaves various lusts and pleasures, spending our lives in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness and the love to man of our Savior God appeared, not out of works in righteousness which we did but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.
We have to learn to be burdened with the loving concern of God’s heart toward the perishing sinners. John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life. God does have such a love. Now we as God’s children should be one with our Father in His love for sinners. We need to have a loving concern for the salvation of sinners. The concept of preaching the gospel merely to win souls is too shallow. We need a loving concern for fallen man. According to my feeling, most of the saints among us have lost this concern and care for the sinners.
George Whitefield is an example of one who had a real concern for sinners. One day he was preaching concerning the eternal perdition of those who do not believe in Christ. He portrayed the lake of fire to such an extent that some in the audience were grasping the columns in the building in fear that they would fall into that lake of fire. He had such a heart, burden, and real concern for sinners, but we have mostly lost this concern.
Our vital groups should learn how to be burdened with our Father’s loving concern toward the sinners. First Timothy 2:4 says that God desires all men to be saved. Before we go out, we must be equipped with this kind of feeling. (CWWL, 1991-1992, vol. 3, “Fellowship concerning the Urgent Need of the Vital Groups,” ch. 16, pp. 503-504)
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