Bible reading: Proverbs 24:11-12
“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” [Prov. 24:11-12]
An old hymn, written by Fanny J. Crosby reflects the meaning of our text:
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
This is a challenge to those who have found salvation in Christ, are enjoying His riches and blessing but do not share it with others.
In 2 Kings chapter seven the king of Aram had besieged the city of Samaria. The siege had gone on for a long time and food was running out. People were desperate. Elisha prophesied that a miracle would happen. Four lepers who were outside the city gate were facing death and had to make a decision. They decided to go to the camp of the Arameans and seek mercy from them. When they got to the camp it was empty because the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of a great army and they fled in fear. The four lepers found food, drink, gold, silver and clothing. They went from tent to tent enjoying the abundance of the spoil. They began to hide the abundance that they had found but their conscience was pricked. They said, “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let us go at once and report this to the royal palace” [2 Kings 7:9].
If we keep the good news of the salvation and the abundance we have found in Christ to ourselves while those around us are dying then like the four lepers we are not doing right.
We are not all called to be evangelists but we are called to be witnesses. If you have received salvation in Christ, then how are you sharing it so that others who are lost will also come to salvation in Christ?
You do not lose your salvation by not sharing the good news with others but what do you think the consequences might be for you if you fail to share the good news?
What do you think is the meaning of “He that wins souls is wise” in Proverbs 11:30?