As a youth I used to sing, “Count your blessings — Name them one by one . . . “🎶 I think a lot of Jesus followers need to sing that song again. Why? To realize what blessings we have as we engage with lost friends who don’t have those blessings.
We’ve thought about a number of blessings that are unavailable to the unbeliever, but let’s continue by looking at a truly critical one. I believe it’s accurate to say that my unsaved friends . . .
12. THEY DON’T HAVE A PROPER FEAR!
There is both proper and improper fear. Running out of a cabin in Arizona when you hear a rattling sound makes perfect sense, unless you enjoy an up-close and personal encounter with a rattlesnake! Some fears are groundless; many are life-saving.
What about a fear of GOD? Many in our culture habitually use God’s name as a curse word, mock those who believe in Jesus, and think there will be no judgment day. The Bible declares such to be fools! We read that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10), that “The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.” (Psalm 19:9). We are told, “How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. (Psalm 31:19). We are challenged in Psalm 34 that we should “Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.” (v. 9). And those verses are from only one book of the Bible!
How do I pray for my unsaved friend? I pray to God the Holy Spirit that he would think about the holiness of God and his own need of forgiveness, that somehow he would realize that “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31), that the Spirit of God would bring conviction of sin to his soul. (to be continued)