by Lorraine Quirke
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One time or another in life we have heard of a sole survivor being dragged from plane crash or from a sinking ship or even from a car or train. The person surviving is grateful to be alive but mourns those who were lost. However, there is more reason to mourn depending on the condition of the souls of the people that were lost in those horrendous accidents.
As Christians we should not only be concerned with just surviving in this world but soul surviving in a world that is full of darkness, wrong thinking and a hedonistic view of life. We need to be concerned with ourselves but also with all people who will one day face a just God. The only way to be truly concerned about the lost is to have a personal relationship with the God who made us.
When one knows the heart of God it will bring about a deep caring for the welfare of our soul and the souls of others. How do we know the heart of God? It doesn’t come from just churchgoing, singing beautiful Christian songs or even speaking loudly to others about the Lord. It won't be from works or ritual. It is one thing to have head knowledge about God and another to have Him close to you every day. He will not be present with those who are pursuing their own priorities in life.
As a friend once said, “those who think they have a relationship with Jesus will talk about it with reference to themselves. For instance: I go to church; I am anointed; I love the Lord, with a sprinkling of amen’s and hallelujah’s. There is no validity or humility to his or her words. It is usually empty and loud. But people who truly know Him will speak of Jesus with tears in their eyes and their words will always glorify the Lord.” The Spirit of God brings tears not talk. It is noticeable in some church services when the Spirit of God is present some are crying and feel His presence.
A soul survivor is one who seeks Him, lives in a way that glorifies the Lord and helps others to find the truth for themselves; one cannot force belief and love for it comes from God Himself. To assume that all who go to church have a personal relationship with Jesus is a tragic mistake. We need to examine ourselves: are we seeking the face of God and showing our love for Him or are we showing others how spiritual we are. Some women go because it is a chance to meet eligible men and some go because of guilt. It is painful to think that we have our own personal agenda but it is true! We must seek His agenda, which concerns light not darkness. Are we showing Jesus to others or merely living for ourselves?
“The Passion of the Christ” has once again brought to the fore the suffering of Jesus. Although the controversy is bringing people to the movie, the Lord doesn’t care about the arguments and hullabaloo about it. He is using it to bring people to Him. His love is so great that He will use any means to bring us to belief in Him.
What do soul survivors do that many Christians do not? How do they find the heart of God? This knowledge doesn’t come easy. We learn by seeking, suffering, soul searching, prayer and obedience. It is daily bible reading and sitting quietly that brings us into His presence.
Prayer is important if we want to be a true soul survivor. When we pray and cry for lost souls, He joins His tears with ours in a beautiful communion and sharing of His love. In that moment we become one with God because that is His number one priority.
Let us strive to know Him, to love mercy and kindness and to walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8.) When we attempt to know the mind and heart of God, we are truly soul survivors!
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Your article tugged at my heart. Very well written, and thought provoking.