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Bless-ed! 52 Blessings Your Lost Friend Doesn’t Have . . . And What You Can Do About It! (Part 5)

12 Jan

I believe it is critical for the Christian to have unsaved friends. And one of the many benefits (other than being a friend of sinners like Jesus was!) is that they remind us what we have in Christ that they don’t yet have. My friend “Mike” got me thinking to about what I have as a believer and what those who are lost don’t have.

Asked about his status before God, Mike thinks he is just fine. But God’s Word says we are lost and under God’s judgment without Christ. In our previous posts we’ve seen that our unsaved friends — (1) don’t have an authoritative source for what they believe; (2) don’t have the assurance that their sins are forgiven; (3) don’t have a life-long, satisfying mission in life, and (4) don’t have somewhere (beyond this world) to go with their guilt!

Let’s think about a fifth benefit of the believer as we recognize a truth about our unbelieving friends. And it is that —

5. THEY DON’T HAVE A COMMUNITY (BEING BUILT BY JESUS) WHERE THEY CAN BE TRAINED TO DO GOD’S WORK!

Here, of course, we are talking about the local church. But it’s important to remember that the believer in Jesus is part of the universal Body of Christ (another meaning of the term “church”). And the local church is an expression of that universal Body.

Unfortunately, it seems that for many Jesus followers today the local church has become optional. Some serve only when convenient, attend only when the weather is too bad to go to the lake, and contribute only when there’s a bit of extra money or time. But that’s not how it’s supposed to be!

The local church — imperfect as it often is — is what Christ is building! And I want to be part of His building project! I want to give my best — my best abilities, resources, time, to what Christ is building. Don’t you?

To be part of a local church might make no sense to your unsaved friend. So pray that your church would reach out to the lost, show the love of Christ, and get busy cooperating with the Son of God is what He is doing right now in the world! (to be continued)

 

 
 

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