Rescue the perishing
Care for the dying
Jesus is merciful
Jesus will save
This chorus from an old hymn written by Fanny Crosby (lyrics) and William Howard Doane (music) always takes me back to my growing up years in the Baptist Church. I remember as a young girl, singing this song with much gusto! My strong alto voice blending with all the soprano ladies in the choir. But more than that, I remember how strongly I believed! How I KNEW that Jesus would save all of us who were drowning…I could SEE all the people screaming for rescue and it broke my heart.
Now, the years have zipped by filled with college, marriage, children, jobs and more. I don’t sing in a choir anymore. We seldom do hymns. But that is not my point at all. My point is, where is my broken-heartedness for those who are dying all around me every.single.day? They are dying without Jesus at all or dying without the POWER He gives us to live in the here and now! How can I be complacent? How can I continue to go about my day without my heart being absolutely CRUSHED?
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 New Living Translation (NLT)
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.