Reaching Out to Those Who Are Rejecting God
The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory. (Psalm 97:6 ESV)
Not everyone has a relationship with God. Many of them desire to know God, but need someone to help them on the journey.
Then there are some who don’t want to know God at all. They have perhaps been hurt or have become angry at the thought of God. As a result, some have chosen to reject the notion that there is a God.
Believers are very concerned about any friends or family members who reject God. Not only do we know the joy of salvation that our friends are missing, we also are aware of the inevitable suffering that awaits those who reject salvation through Jesus Christ.
What, then, should be our approach toward those who are rejecting God?
1. Love them.
Sincere, relentless love opens people’s hearts to the reality of Jesus’ love as it is evidenced through our kindness.
2. Pray for them.
Prayer is the catalyst that brings God’s will into reality. Never underestimate the power of faith-filled prayer.
3. Talk with them.
Without being preachy or condescending we can approach a sincere conversation that probes the heart. Express your love and concern, and then allow the Holy Spirit to direct your conversation to the point of divine revelation, when the truth sets people free.
Keep in mind that God is constantly revealing Himself to unbelievers. Creation itself testifies to the existence of God, whose fingerprints are found everywhere we look. The heavens declare the glory of God!
The Apostle Paul said:
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 ESV)
We certainly cannot force anyone to trust God, but we can give opportunities for the Holy Spirit to use us to make a difference.
Today I pray for those believers who are concerned for others who have rejected you. Would you give them wisdom and grace to be a voice of influence?
And, Father, I pray for those who are lost without You. Reveal Yourself to them, heal their hurts, open the hearts, and let them see You.
In Jesus name,