Overwhelmed by the Lostness…

Do you ever have times when you are just utterly overwhelmed by the lostness that surrounds us?  I had one of those moments this evening.  I was at the grocery store and was waiting in line to check out and just stopped to watch the people as they went through their routines at the store…gathering items, waiting at checkout…dozens of people walking past in just a few minutes.  I was very heavy of heart, realizing that most of those people were lost and did not know Jesus, and were bound for an eternity without the Lord unless they heard the Good News about Jesus.

We make many assumptions about the lost that stifle our zeal to share the Gospel.  We often assume they may not be interested, or that they might respond negatively.  Our lips are often shut in fear or complacency or apathy.  How can I do this?  How can we do this?

As I walked to the parking lot, the lyrics of Steve Green’s song "People Need the Lord" flooded my heart.

Everyday they pass me by,
I can see it in their eyes.
Empty people filled with care,
Headed who knows where?

On they go through private pain,
Living fear to fear.
Laughter hides their silent cries,
Only Jesus hears.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize, people need the Lord?

We are called to take His light
To a world where wrong seems right.
What could be too great a cost
For sharing Life with one who's lost?

Through His love our hearts can feel
All the grief they bear.
They must hear the Words of Life
Only we can share.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize that we must give our lives,
For peo-ple need the Lord.

People need the Lord.

The problem is not that we get overwhelmed by the lostness, but that we don’t get overwhelmed enough by it.  It is an easily fleeting feeling that too often vanishes like a vapor in the wind.  Oh, that our hearts would be so burdened and overwhelmed by the lostness that it would forever change how we live our lives.

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