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Bless-ed! 52 Blessings Your Lost Friend Doesn’t Have . . . And What You Can Do About It! (Part 8)

18 Jan

My friend “Mike” is helping me become more aware of what I have as a believer and what he doesn’t yet have. I’m certainly not gloating, but he inspires me to take stock of what I have in Christ. And what I long for him to have!

In our previous posts, we’ve seen that (according to Scripture) my 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, (4) don’t have somewhere (beyond this world) to go with their guilt, (5) don’t have a community (being built by Jesus) where they can be trained to do God’s work, (6) don’t have a longing to know God through studying His Word, and (7) don’t have the Spirit of God to help them understand and apply God’s Word.

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

8. THEY DON’T HAVE A HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE ON GETTING OLD!

If this is the only life one gets, then getting older has got to bring some sadness to the one outside of Christ! Sure, there are joys in seeing one’s children grow up, but if in the final analysis one only gets old and dies, that is about as depressing as life can get!

I’ve recently been going through Psalm 16 with my friend Frank and there we read: “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
 surely I have a delightful inheritance.
” That’s what growing older for a believer involves — “boundary lines” in “pleasant places.” And for the Christian there is a “delightful inheritance”!

How do I pray for my unsaved friend? I can pray that he would see his days and months and years as a gift from God and that he would turn to the Lord for salvation! Eternity — not nothingness — awaits. And we can use our time here for honoring Him! (to be continued)

 

 
 

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