This I say
therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other
Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened,
being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them,
because of the blindness of their heart (Ephesians 4:17-18).
above reveal the dangerous plight of the unbeliever. He is in spiritual darkness
and is alienated; that is, cut off from the life of God. Ephesians 2:3 further
refers to them as children of wrath. That means children appointed unto the
wrath or anger of God. What a terrible state for anyone to be! Ephesians 2:12
refers to them as “hopeless and without God in the world.”
a student on campus, many years ago, I read this portion of Scripture and it
got me thinking. I considered the students on campus that were living without
God, and thought, “Dear Lord, how could anyone live in such darkness? How
could they go to bed at night, and live another day without God?”
I was moved
with compassion and began to intercede for them: “O, God, don’t let them
die and go to hell without receiving Christ. Help me to reach them, and tell them
about Jesus,” I’d pray. I felt constrained to tell them about Jesus,
because nothing could be more damning than living without God and having no
hope in the world! This should make you think about your friends, relatives,
colleagues, neighbours and associates that aren’t born again. They’re hopeless
in the world, without Christ.
afford to let them keep living without God, drifting farther and farther into
the abyss of darkness. Let the hopelessness of their situation compel you to
intercede for them. Pray that they’d be delivered from the domain of darkness
and the power of Satan unto the glorious liberty of the sons of God. You may be
the only one with the opportunity to touch their lives with the Gospel.
Therefore, preach to them and teach them the Word. Tell them God loves them so
much He sent Jesus to die for them (John 3:16).
your time, effort, and resources to soulwinning. Be known for your passion for
the Lord, His Gospel, and the souls of men.