Today Kurt was teaching in the Missionary Leadership class and he said, "Without the fear of God... you're sunk!"
I have a family members that are of college age and I can see their opinions are changing and forming and it worries me. Not because they don't agree with me, I could care less about that, but they are starting to disagree with God, and to me, that shows a lack of fearing God.
I tried to write an encouraging email to them, and afterward I felt awful... what if they hate me now because I am challenging them to check what they are saying by the word of God... what if they never talk to me again, and then I read this on www.utmost.org....
I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls . . . —2 Corinthians 12:15
Once “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit,” we deliberately begin to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ’s interests and purposes in others’ lives (Romans 5:5). And Jesus has an interest in every individual person. We have no right in Christian service to be guided by our own interests and desires. In fact, this is one of the greatest tests of our relationship with Jesus Christ. The delight of sacrifice is that I lay down my life for my Friend, Jesus (see John 15:13). I don’t throw my life away, but I willingly and deliberately lay it down for Him and His interests in other people. And I do this for no cause or purpose of my own. Paul spent his life for only one purpose— that he might win people to Jesus Christ. Paul always attracted people to his Lord, but never to himself. He said, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22).
When someone thinks that to develop a holy life he must always be alone with God, he is no longer of any use to others. This is like putting himself on a pedestal and isolating himself from the rest of society. Paul was a holy person, but wherever he went Jesus Christ was always allowed to help Himself to his life. Many of us are interested only in our own goals, and Jesus cannot help Himself to our lives. But if we are totally surrendered to Him, we have no goals of our own to serve. Paul said that he knew how to be a “doormat” without resenting it, because the motivation of his life was devotion to Jesus. We tend to be devoted, not to Jesus Christ, but to the things which allow us more spiritual freedom than total surrender to Him would allow. Freedom was not Paul’s motive at all. In fact, he stated, “I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren . . .” (Romans 9:3). Had Paul lost his ability to reason? Not at all! For someone who is in love, this is not an overstatement. And Paul was in love with Jesus Christ.
This encouraged me... because when I look at people, I want to see them the way Jesus sees them, and He doesn't want them being led about by false doctrines, or being deceived. So maybe it wasn't easy to say something to someone I love so much, but there is a time, a place, and way to do things in love, and sometimes God calls us to even when it would be easier to keep our mouths shut. We have to stand up for righteousness, even if isn't the popular thing to do.