Rescue the Perishing
Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” [Proverbs 24:11-12]
This verse is not poetic or wrapped in imagery. It is not a metaphor or a story filled with drama and adventure. Instead, it is direct, it is hard to swallow, and is clear. God’s heart is for us to save others. To be Light. To rescue.
We, ourselves, are rescued. And many times, saying that and singing songs about it and claiming it is easier than digesting what it means. We were not rescued so we could live quiet, self-centered lives. We were not rescued so that we could stay in our own lanes and act out of our own need. We were rescued to become rescuers.
Jesus never claimed that walking in salvation and being a rescuer would be easy. We were told it would be hard. And tiring. And dangerous. After all, the enemy works against rescue. The enemy actively tries to undermine and destroy not only the act of rescue, but the rescuers. If you are following God’s heart for His people, and if you are seeking the lost and being a rescuer, you will meet resistance. And the more in-tune you are with the rescue, the more resistance you will meet.
My friends, being a rescuer is no small feat. It is immense and important. It is our responsibility as members of the army of God.
So, we must stay strong. We must not shrink back and become afraid. We must not grow weary and tired, even in the face of loss and disappointment. We must resist giving in to the things of this world. We must remain a people of faith, trusting in all parts of God’s plans and in His provision. We must remain awake, wide-eyed and ready for battle.