Our world is in turmoil. People are being murdered and killed everywhere. It is a sobering fact that some person you know and love is going to die unprepared for death and judgment. They will die without God and without hope. And remember these are people who are precious to you.  This is the tragedy of all tragedies. These precious lost ones do not have to perish. (2 Peter 3:9) Christ Jesus gave His life to redeem the lost from sin. At just the right time Jesus was born. When that time was we do not know. "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law." (Galatians 4:4) He lived without sin and then died on a cross to save sinners. (Hebrews 2:9) If it was not for the death of Jesus God would have no choice but to punish men for sin. But, Jesus died as our sin substitute. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

     The gospel is God's power to save. (Romans 1:16) You must share this salvation message with as many as you can. Your love, prayer, concern and effort may lead them to the "Lamb of God" so their sin can be forgiven. "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29) Our need is not for gun control, but for hearts to be controlled by the word of the living God.


     Are you putting forth an honest effort to win the souls of others for Jesus? Do you want to face God in eternity having done any less than your best in reaching the lost? Do you want to sit by and allow people you love, people who are precious to you, people you work with or even strangers to die without God and without hope? Do you want to look into the cold, lifeless face of a fellow human being and be left with the awful thought that you might have done something to save them from hell if only you had tried.


     If souls are to be won specific action must be taken: (1) Select some soul or souls that you will try to bring to God, (2) Pray for them daily by name, (3) Encourage these lost ones to attend the services of the church, (4) Pick them up for the assembly, (5) Sit with them during worship, (6) Have them in your home for a meal, (7) Visit in their home, (8) Study the Bible with them in some organized way, and (9) Be a true friend to these lost ones.


          Do not give up. Be persistent in the things necessary to bring these lost ones to Jesus. "Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him." (Psalm 126:5-6) Govern yourself by being faithful to God and fruitful in His service. Keep yourself in the faith. Be busy working for God. Pray more. Read the Bible more. Trust in the Lord. In order to be righteous govern yourself by the will of God. Our spiritual citizenship is through and because of Jesus, the Christ. To be saved from sin hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus (Mark 16:16), repent of sins (Luke 13:5), confess Jesus as Lord (Matthew 10:32), and be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3-4) We should all choose God’s way because it has proven to always be the better way.


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P. O. Box 551,

Greenville, Alabama 36037