The Weight of the Message

Where’s the weight? In my heart, how can I bear to tell another man or woman they’re going to be condemned before God and not weep for them? Even if my eyes never actually get wet, where’s the weight on my heart? Jeremiah was not known as the “aloof prophet.” We call him the “weeping prophet” for a reason. Paul said he had constant sorrow in his heart for his people in his letter to the Romans. Even our Lord wept! So, why is my heart so light so often? Do I believe at all if I don’t care for others? This bothers me a great deal as I consider it. I pray it bothers me more in the days to come.

Consider these words and consider their weightiness, brothers: “When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.” Ezekiel 3:18. What do we do? At your hands? Another man’s blood is on you? Paul wrote how he was: “innocent of the blood of all men” in Acts 20:26 perhaps in considering it. He said that he was because he “did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.” Vs. 27. How about you, reader? Are you free? Will this be on your gravestone? Have you considered your role in evangelism? Have you considered that you never go at it alone but that the Spirit himself goes with you? Does it not trouble you severely the times you’ve wasted? It troubles me. I’ve wasted more time than anyone. We know from Scripture that God is sovereign. Yes, all hairs, like all souls, are surely numbered and known by him, and in his baffling providences not a one of them will fall without his permission. But what does he require of us in the valley? If the King says, “Go and make disciples of all the nations…” have we even gone down our streets to a neighbor?

Where’s the weight of our ambassadorship? We represent the only eternal triune being after all. He’s given us a Gospel that literally reconciles the world to himself. Let us reconcile ourselves to the task of evangelism and discipleship. Friend, it’s not just warning or weight in fear I’m writing of. How sweet is fellowship? How wonderful is God’s covenant love? How wonderful it is to know him and to be known by him? How can I withhold the cure? Where’s the weight?

There’s glory to come for those who carry it. Please read Romans 2:6-10 with me.
God bless!

Joseph Pittano

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