Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Luke 19:10 which reads: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible: “With this statement, Jesus explains why He extended friendship to a notorious sinner like Zacchaeus. Jesus came precisely to save people like Zacchaeus and Zacchaeus really believed on Jesus. A true son of Abraham was not only descended from Abraham genetically, but also had the faith in God Abraham had.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Alexander Maclaren. He said: “The greatest charity in the world is the communication of divine truth to the ignorant.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 59 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Incarnational Living
It’s In Our DNA
John’s Gospel records the account of Jesus’ meeting with a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a well-respected ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night out of curiosity in order to discuss matters of faith. Three times Jesus told Nicodemus that he had to be born again.
John 3:3 reads, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:5-6 reads, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
John 3:7 reads, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Jesus’ contrast between the natural birth through the flesh and being “born of the Spirit” has eternal ramifications as to how we should interpret the process of salvation and how we should live out the new life in the world. In other words, our Christian life is to be much more than simply committing ourselves to a set of rules. Through the new birth we are expected to represent Christ as if He were standing in our place.
Just as this passage compares the physical birth with the spiritual birth, we can do the same in order to understand the incarnational life into which we are called as Christians. All of us carry certain characteristics that are passed down through physical DNA. The same is true in a spiritual sense. When we are born again into Christ, we become recipients of His spiritual DNA. Therefore, we should live out the ways of Christ in our actions, attitudes, words, and deeds.
The overwhelming love and compassion that Christ demonstrated for people should naturally run through our spiritual veins and be evident to the world. Since He obviously cared for lost people as evidenced by His sacrifice on the cross, we must incarnationally do the same in our daily lives.
In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Incarnational Living.