“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him,” Psalm 126:6.
When we cross the waters of chilly Jordan to the Promised Land, will there be a group of people waiting to welcome us home, thanking us for sharing the gospel for the Lord’s sake? If we know no lost people, it is doubtful they will get saved. We all have someone hanging on our shirttail, hoping we are going the right direction.
In this passage, Israel had been let out of captivity; they sang for joy because they were going back home. They were in revival. However, first they had to sow in tears.
“Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:9, 10). Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4).
Real revival never comes from apathy. One has to be seeking it. Real revival is not a series of protracted meetings. Real revival occurs when Christians are weeping and mourning over their sins and lost loved ones, pouring their hearts out to God, begging forgiveness for pride and insincerity. Only when God does the lifting up does one experience revival and lost people get saved.
Jesus taught His disciples in John 4 and Luke 15, if Christians have no lost friends for whom they are praying and weeping, they can forget about bringing in the sheaves at harvest time. First comes the weeping, then comes the harvest. Winning souls is hard on the flesh. Seeing a lost soul saved is worth all the sorrow we must endure to get there. Jesus said, “I send you forth as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3). No mourning, no joy. If we know no lost people, it is a given, they will not get saved.
JUST A THOUGHT – We have a responsibility to lead the lost to Jesus.
Robert A. Brock