For us Christians, it can be very heartbreaking to see the lost disregarding their eternal destiny and simply continuing on with life without a care in the world about their sinful state before a Holy God…. to see them basically reject God and His amazing love, mercy and grace.
These people say they don’t care about where they’re going and they shrug off questions like “where do you think you’re going to end up when you die?”
2 Corinthians 5:20 tells us…
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
As ambassadors for Christ, we must plead with these people to turn to God… we have to preach as though we are dying men to dying people but at some point that time will run out and I believe it is coming soon. That is a very sobering thought indeed.
2 Corinthians 6:2 …behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
We have to be continually reminded that God is sovereign and that He is in control.
We have to remember that God is merciful. He gives everybody a chance to repent and put their faith and trust in Him. That choice is up to the individual as God has given each person free will – the ability to make his own choices (within the bounds of God’s control of course). God won’t force people to be saved. He is not willing for anyone to perish but that all may come to repentance (see 2 Peter 3:9). However the sad reality is that there will always be those who reject His offer of everlasting life regardless.
In those cases, where people deliberately do not want to listen to and heed our warnings, then we have to leave it up to God to work in their hearts. We must pray for them that God would soften their hearts and that they would be open to the truth. Some may be convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit, others will succumb to the reprobateness of their own sinful hearts and minds.
Take for example Noah in the Bible. God commanded Him to build an ark in preparation for the judgment that was to come. Noah took 100 years to build that ark and during that time he preached to the unbelieving population warning of the judgment that was to come. No-one listened to Him except for his 8 family members. There was plenty of time for these people to repent but sadly they did not do so. God’s mercy towards the wicked eventually runs out and that is a very fearful thing.
We just have to do our bit and continue faithfully in the work of the Lord. Whether people receive the message is not for us to worry about. God will take care of that. He is sovereign and He is in control.