Have We Entertained Ourselves to the Point That We Don't Care About the Lost?
Title: Have We Entertained Ourselves to the Point That We Don't Care About the Lost?
Reading for September 19: Amos 6-9
"Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory
and stretch themselves out on their couches,
and eat lambs from the flock
and calves from the midst of the stall,
who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp
and like David invent for themselves instruments of music,
who drink wine in bowls
but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!"
This passage really hit me when I read it. I wonder if I care enough about the spiritual ruin of the world around me or about the spiritual condition of the church I am a part of.
What do I think about most during the day? What do my prayers say to God? What do my conversations with others reveal about my priorities? This passage caused me to pause and consider questions like this.
What about you? Have you, like me, been distracted by things that don't really matter? Are you thinking about souls that are lost or about brothers and sisters in Christ who have fallen away as you should? Or has the abundance of temporal things crowded out all thoughts about anything that is eternal?
Father, help me to grieve as you do for those who are lost. I pray that your blessings will not distract me, but may I use all of the gifts you have placed in my hands to serve and to save others.