The Burden

Proverbs 24:11 reads, "Deliver those drawn towards death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, 'Surely we did not know this,' does not He who weighs the heart consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to His deeds?"

Before we can effectively witness, we must be given a burden. In the verses above, the reality of the soul who does not know Christ is depicted, and we must let it hit us---with all of its force. The drunkard you see stumbling out of the bar; the devout Muslim you see walking to her Mosque, the Rabbi you see walking backwards from the Western Wall as he bows with each step. The LDS missionary you see on his bike. The Jehova's Witness you see walking to your door.

Our physical eyes observe each heading towards his respective residence; the Lord's eyes see each one stumbling towards slaughter. Their affections drawing them not to merely a building of worship or a bottle filled with alcohol, but towards death itself. Oh how this should tear at our hearts! In Jeremiah the Lord is pronouncing judgement over those who have hurt his people, and in the midst He declares a deep lament:

"Therefore My heart shall wail like flutes for Moab, And like flutes My heart shall wail For the men of Kir Heres."

Do our hearts wail for those who are now abiding under the wrath of God? Do we seek them out? What length are willing to go to in order that they might be saved? Our Deliverer gave His life---if we claim to belong to Him, should not we do the same?

Ezekiel 33:7-9 &11b

"So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man,you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’"

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