I hear reports on a regular basis of ministry friends, pastors, leaders, and spiritual heroes falling into sin and wandering from the faith. We are to mourn, be broken over sin, and prioritize prayer. But even while grieving, we must not overreact to circumstances like most do, but rather live with priorities and keep our eyes on Jesus. Furthermore, we must not grow cold-hearted and numb. We are not to write people off and give up on them. Ministry requires getting our hands dirty. Charles H. Spurgeon said, “A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” May we be humble, repentant, broken over our personal sins and the sins of others, speak truth in love, encourage and build others up, and pray for restoration.
I heard Al Mohler speak at the SBC convention this summer concerning the scope of evangelical Christianity in today’s culture. Mohler claims that we live in a time where it doesn’t take long to see who is all about Jesus and who is not. Those who truly stand for Christ are swimming against the tide. Jesus said that the road to heaven is narrow and few find it.
Let’s be faithful, pray for one another, and fix our eyes on Christ!