Passion for souls is a rare commodity. Let’s define the word. Passion is zeal, deep concern. In my blog last week, I talked about the value of a soul. I contrasted it with the emphasis we put on feeding the hungry, church buildings, programs for those who are already believers in Christ and humanitarian aid. These worldly projects receive multiplied billions of dollars, while very little is invested for the salvations of souls. Does that mean that I’m uncaring about people’s physical and material needs? Not at all. I’m grateful that United Nations, The World Health Organization, UNESCO, the US and Canadian governments, European governments, and a whole list of NGOs (Christians and others), who are relieving poverty. I believe it has helped many, and even lifted some out of poverty.
My concern is for the eternal souls of people. Every human being on earth has the potential of being stirred with the humanitarian needs of others. Who among us does not feel a mixture of anger and love raise up, as we see starving children? But here is my point: The only ones with a potential to care for the salvation of souls are those, who have already experienced the salvation of Jesus Christ. If, as is the case now, born again Christians devote more than 95 % of their resources to only meet physical and humanitarian needs, then very little resources are left to care for the souls of people. That was my point in last week’s blog, “Who cares for my soul?” I’m not speaking to the population at large. I know that they will not understand this concern to get the Gospel to everyone. I’m speaking to those who have already benefitted from the salvation that Jesus Christ provided at the cross of Calvary 2000 years ago.
Has Jesus been a benefit to you? Do you have assurance that your sins are forgiven? Has this improved your life? Have you had a taste of what it means that Christ lives in you? Do you feel that your salvation is valuable? Is it worth giving to others? The apostles 2000 years ago felt that what they had received from Jesus was so valuable, that they were willing to give their lives for its propagation.
Those who work for the humanitarian needs of people have access to billions of dollars, and over a decade trillions of dollars, while those who deal with souls for people deal with tens, hundreds or maybe a thousand dollar gift, now and then. I’m calling for the passion for souls to return to the church. Jesus said: “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul”. Do you agree with Jesus? Is a soul worth as much as the wealth of the whole world?
If a person is starving, giving him a bowl of rice is certainly of value, though that bowl will be gone tomorrow. Even better, give someone an education, whereby they can get a job and support themselves. Great! But what’s the point of giving someone a bowl of rice or education, roof over their head and a good family life without their souls being saved?
The soul is eternal. Our money reaches far. With 10 000 monthly partner sharing $ 30 or more each month I can promise you that 2 – 3 million souls would receive Jesus each year. Our track record for decades has been that for not much more than a dollar we can reach someone who doesn’t know Jesus. And not only reach them but also give them follow up material. World Impact Ministries still has a long way to go to 10 000 monthly committed partners. Will you be one of them? How do you see the value of a soul? Do you think it matters whether the people hear the Good News of Jesus or not? Let me know.