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Let Me Sow In Tears

Psalm 126:5-6 reads (NKJV):

5 Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.

6 He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

How many souls did I pass by today who are lost and going to hell perhaps tonight?  How many people need to hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus, they are on the verge of eternity and need to hear the truth of God, that they must repent, yet I said nothing.  Oh how this breaks my heart.  I know that I can’t save a sinner but I know that the gospel can set people free.  The gospel is not to be hidden from men.  It is to be preached from the roof tops.  The gospel alone can set the cocaine addict free.  The gospel can set the rapist free.  The gospel can set the homosexual free.  The gospel can set the religious free.  The gospel can set the racist free.  And yet I must preach the gospel for them to be saved (Romans 10:14-17).

Psalm 126:5-6 calls me to deep intercessory prayer.  I want to sow in tears.  I do want to be active in evangelism.  I do want to pass out gospel tracts and preach in the open air.  I do want to witness to people one-on-one.  But I want to sow in tears first.  I want to sow with much prayer.  We don’t pray for the Lord to bless our work.  Prayer is the work.  Evangelism flows from deep prayer.  As we pray for the lost, the Lord grants us His heart for the lost.  As we pray for the lost, compassion rises up as we see their utter misery without Christ.  As we pray for the lost, we sense the urgency to preach to the lost.  We know that every second two people die.  The person next to you on the subway.  The person in the line at the grocery store.  The person who cuts your hair.  Every person you see now on the streets will die.  All of us will die.  We need to have the urgency of evangelism, the heart of God for the lost.  John 3:16 says it clearly about our missionary God.  God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to atone for our sins and all who repent can be forgiven of our sins.

Oh that the Spirit of God would awaken us to the lost around us!  Oh that we would see the truth that all are lost without Jesus.  None can get to heaven through good works or through religion or through their moral goodness.  To enter into the presence of a holy God, we must be perfect (Matthew 5:8, 48).  We all lack this.  We all are sinners before God Almighty (Romans 3:23) but praise God for the sacrifice of Jesus (Hebrews 2:14-15).  Jesus alone is able to bring us before God (1 Timothy 2:5-6).  Jesus alone is the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father but through Him (John 14:6). Salvation is accomplished by the sovereign Spirit of God and not by works (Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7).  In fact, all of our good works before God are not very good at all (Isaiah 64:6).  We need a Savior (Luke 2:11).  Jesus alone is that Savior.

So I urge you saint of God to not be silent.  Intercede for the lost (Romans 10:1).  Pray for the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38; Luke 10:2).  Pray for the Lord to use you to spread His fame.  Pray Psalm 126:5-6.  Ask the Lord to give you an urgency in evangelism.  Pray that God’s heart would fill your heart and that He would move you by His Spirit to boldness for His glory and honor (Acts 4:29-31).  Allow the Spirit of God to equip you to be a faithful witness for Christ (Acts 1:8).  Don’t be unmoved.  Don’t be lazy about the lost.  Don’t wait.  Preach the Word of life to the lost.  Pray.  Weep.  Preach.

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