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yesterday morning I heard a kitten under the house. I do not have a cat. I had it heard it  a day before and I did nothing thinking the momma would come back for it. 

Yesterday morning I knew it had been abandoned by that time so I went and got it out. The kitten was about a week old if that, barely walking, eyes not all the way open.

I woke my wife and had her help me, she held the kitten while I went to find some food from somewhere. I called a friend to ask what to do as I am not knowledgeable in the care of animals.

My wife tried to get it to eat from an improvised bottle as we do non't keep that kind of thing just sitting around.

We posted on facebook to try and find it a home, I talked to 3 or 4 people about the kitten and it's care.

 

In the back of my mind screaming at me was the " are you doing this for lost sinners you come into contact with?"

Those people lost and dying on their way to hell you see every day are you doing all you can to rescue them??

and of course the true and honest answer from my heart is NO.

I am not looking at the people on the street as lost souls, I am not talking to everyone I meet about Jesus, the Good Shepherd who can rescue them.

Now there is nothing wrong with rescuing animals, helping them out, it is a noble cause.

yet we have more compassion over an animal saved than we do for a soul lost.

We have lost our urgency, if we ever had it.

Now please remember that when I write these blogs, many times over they are pointed right at me. I write for me and share with you. 

 

Now I am not trying to beat anyone over the head with my failures, or to project on you or them the same failure. I just know that many of us go through our lives and fail to get into theirs. We have been so conditioned to live and let live, That speaking out telling them they are sinners is hate speech.

 

We have been comfortable in our own lives, earning our keep, working our jobs and we fail to go out 

into the highways and by-ways to find the lost, the broken, the hurt.

We go to church among those like us who have found the Saving knowledge of Christ and we do nothing about it in the world.

 

But when Jesus comes are we going to hear well done? I don't think so. I believe we are going to hear it like the pharisees did.

 

Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 

Luk 18:12  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 

Luk 18:13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 

Luk 18:14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. 

 

I listen to Jack Hyles, Curtis Hutson, Maze Jackson and they tell of their churches, their people and they way they built things in their church and I see a complete lacking in today's church.

We don't soul win like they used to, We don't run bus routes like they used to, we don't do what they did and then we wonder why we don't have results.

 

I know many people think ill of Jack Hyles because he was so authoritarian, he was militant, he was so stern. He insisted things be done a certain way and that was that.

Curtis Hutson many didn't like because he was uneducated, he didn't attend theology school.

Maze Jackson was an old country preacher who had "uh" at the end of every word. People didn't like him because he was loud and obnoxious, he was not polished with a large vocabulary.

Many loved Charles Spurgeon for his oratory but hated him for his cigar smoking.

 

Let me tell you something, These men made a difference! they got out there put their God first, preached the Gospel and shook a nation.

 

Whether you liked them or hated them you knew who they were where they stood and that they would not deviate from their path.

They inspired men, they had many loyal followers, folks they inspired to go above and beyond in the service of Christ.

 

We are reaching a turning point, if we are not already there, in this nation, that we will not be able to recover from.

Why do we have thousands of churches close every year? Because no one cares anymore about the lost! the people who are the backbone of the church have stopped giving, time, tithe, talent.

We have let the preacher do all the work, we have let the missionary do the work. We have been to busy, too tired, too inconvenienced to get out and tell our next door neighbor let alone the drunk in the bar, the street corner lady, the addict, the single mother, the single father.

Look around stadiums are filled for concerts and games, but the pews are empty.

 

We are the pharisee, I go to church, I tithe, I drive the van, I teach the Sunday school class, I, I, I. I, I, I,

But we can not ask anyone out to a prayer service before the church service. We can not ask anyone out to witness, we can not get anyone out to make a difference!

 

We have a world lost and dying before us, Crying out, searching for God and we will not go out and get them.

They are crying loud and clear if you but listen, they are searching for their God even if they do not know what they are searching for.

Are you going out into the highways and the by-ways? Are you looking around your neighborhood or in your house for the stray soul?
or is your piety and righteousness in the way?

Are you applauding what you have done instead of putting your head down and asking what more you can do?

 

Is your compassion in the right place? Are you crying out in heartbreak for the lost souls around you?

Are you asking God for your neighborhood to be your mission field?

It starts with a right heart and a willing Spirit.

where is your compassion placed, on the lost and dying world? or is it misplaced?

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