I was recently challenged about my attitude toward the unsaved. The challenge actually started in a discussion that pointed out that there is no genuine turning to Christ in faith without repentance. That would mean that you can't clean up your act before you come to Christ. Of course, you have no power. When talking with sinners the issue is not their present sin but their need of a Savior!
Think about the woman at the well...Jesus cuts right to the issue with her...he asks her a question that convicts her of her sin! Conviction is purely God's Work..followed by Contrition, a real sorrow for that sin...and Conversion, turning from that sin. We cannot allow ourselves to be offended by the world.
The question was asked, "Who have you ignored or disliked because you're offended by their worldliness? We cannot expect regenerate behavior from those who haven't yet been changed. We need to see their need for salvation from sins. We need to see their thirst that only the Living Water can quench! I love this quote from St. Augustine, "God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you."
I want to be a worker in His fields that sees the plentiful harvest...and isn't repelled by it...but runs to it with tools in hand to bring it into His storehouse!
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