Our Responsibility For A Lost World
By William Young
Shockingly few Christians hear or heed the peculiar, singular call given in the Bible to all Christians. All who are in the family of God heard God’s call for salvation when they weren’t even spiritual infants. They were children of the devil when the call came to repent. But now, since they are in the family of God, the Father calls and calls, ever so faithfully, and gets excuses rather than responses.
When Did He Call the Saved?
"And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?..." (Isaiah 6:8).
This is a call that has never been rescinded down through the ages. It was not a personal call to Isaiah in his day. It was not personally addressed, "Isaiah, will you go for us?" Yet Isaiah answered because it was a general call for help. That clarion call still resounds today!
Isaiah answered God’s call because he heard it. Do you want to hear it? You are either answering or ignoring the voice of the Lord. He is calling you through His Word. "Who will go for Us?"
This is God’s call to you. Don’t try to turn a deaf ear by making excuses and explanations. Face the facts. God has called you. You, too, were considered when God appealed for help in this text. God will take care of all the details if we answer, "Here am I, send me."
The geographical location of your place of service will be determined when you answer His call, "Follow Me." When He called the disciples to follow Him, He didn’t give details as to where they would be ministering. It is not necessary to know where He will lead. That is His business. Our business is to follow Him.
"And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).
To go to a town to witness for Christ is not enough; to cover a county with the Gospel is not enough; to blanket a state with the message of saving grace is not sufficient. To be interested in the needs of your nation is far short of the mark.
Jesus said to "Go into all the world." That call has never been rescinded. It is an echo of the yearning heart of God who asked in Isaiah: "Who will go for Us?"
The Field Is the World
The Bible definitely places the emphasis upon a lost world! Not a lost city nor a lost nation--but "the whole world lieth in wickedness," according to 1 John 5:19. "The field is the world," as quoted in Matthew 13:38.
Don’t settle for anything less than a world objective. "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us" (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
Why is it we hear so little today about a lost world? We localize our work for the Lord. It is evidently because we have not done as we were commanded to do in John 4:35: "Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest." We need to be world-minded instead of worldly-minded.
If your answer to God’s call, "Who will go for us?" is--"Here am I, send me," God will send you to some needy part of this lost world. And don’t forget, where you are right now is a part of this lost world. Go to work for Him at once as a witness. As you follow Him, He will lead you out farther and farther and farther.
Don’t minimize your part in reaching a lost world. God needs you! That is why He is querying, "Who will go for us?" and commanding, "Follow Me!"
Satan hindered Paul from witnessing in certain places, and he will endeavor to hinder you. Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14). Paul said, "If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost" (2 Cor. 4:3). We need to realize that God needs us as His lights to shine, so that souls in darkness can be led out into the full blaze of Calvary’s power.
It seems to be the consensus of opinion that all that is required of a Christian is loyalty to a church. As a result, there are a great many overfed church members who never witness for Jesus Christ.
In the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:2-7), the truth is clearly pointed out that more interest should be manifested and energy exerted in behalf of the one that is lost than in the ninety-nine that are safely in the fold.
When God’s Word (call) is obeyed, there will not be any lost motion, overlapping or tangled fishing lines. The call of the Saviour is to launch out. Many fish along shore, and as a result, they fish so close to each other that their lines get tangled, and no one catches any fish until a committee comes along and pacifies the situation.
God’s call is a blanket one. No one will escape his responsibilities at the judgment seat of Christ for what he did about a lost world. Thank God for men and women who do not shirk responsibility nor run from the battle.
God needs you! God has called you! What are you going to do about it? Don’t allow Satan to deceive you into believing that your part in world evangelism is an insignificant one. Even though ever so humble, a willing heart and life that is laid upon the altar in full yieldedness can produce worldwide reverberations to the honor and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
God wants complete surrender of our lives for a world job. Will you give your life to Him? The Word of God contains many invitations to us to call upon Him for every need of our lives. When we call upon Him, we expect results. When He calls upon us, He expects results.
"Who will go for us?" Will you? Do not answer, "I am willing, Lord," but "I will, Lord!"