We have Jesus, who alone can save the lost. Without Him, our relatives, our neighbours, our colleagues, the shop assistants, the crowds at the sports events, the celebrities and politicians, the people on the train or bus, or those we see in the street, are without hope and heading to hell. God loves them all and is not willing that any should perish. But people without Jesus are going to hell. If we really believe that, then our daily diary, our annual programme, our priorities of life, as well as our use of our resources will be radically transformed.
With God’s enabling we are to be passionate about our involvement in the evangelisation of the world in our generation. And whatever social good I am able to do, I have forgotten the purpose of the lifeboat if I am not pointing people to Jesus. Flip flops for drunks, meals for the elderly, food banks for the poor, holidays for children, activities and training for teens, and even a fistful of church activities and commitments, are all well and good, but the ‘lifeboat’ is to rescue people who are perishing. ‘Every person, in every nation, in each succeeding generation, has the right to hear the news that Christ can save.’ Soul winning, like lifesaving requires urgency, sacrifice, courage, focus - and prayer!