SHEPERD“And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased”

“And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole” (Matthew 14:35, 36)

A Christian who seeks to share the love of the Lord Jesus Christ with

others can live successfully. For this purpose one should feel a real

concern and a burden for the lost souls. Do you feel any concern for the lost? Have you any                                                                          passion for souls?

WHY SOULD WE HAVE CONCERN FOR SOULS?

1. People are diseased:

Many people today may be religious, respectable and living decent lives, but every unsaved soul is gripped by the disease of sin. “And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on  his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean” (Luke 5:12). Leprosy spiritually speaks of the disease in our soul. They need the healing in their soul and mind. They can be made whole through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Multitudes of people live and die in a diseased condition without God and without hope. So they need to be reached.

2. People are at a distance:

In verse 35, “The men of that place . . . . .they sent out into all that country round about”…  which indicates distance. They were at a distance from the Lord, not only in a geographical sense but also in a spiritual sense. So many of our people are far away from the truth and are aliens to the commonwealth of Israel. There is an appalling ignorance of the gospel. How concerned we need to be for the unsaved multitudes who are far away from Christ! Such people need Christ.

3. People are disabled: 

It is true that every sinner is disabled by sin. They had to be brought into the presence of the Lord. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).   It is for these reasons, we need to feel and show a deep concern for lost souls.

HOW SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT SOULS?    

If we really have a passion for souls and have a concern for their salvation, how should we act? In verses 35 and 36, we read that “When the men of that place had knowledge of Christ…”, they did three things:

1. SOULS MUST BE SOUGHT FOR CHRIST :

Verse 35 says that the men of the city went out into all the surrounding country in search of those who needed the healing and saving touch of Jesus Christ. They searched the district for needy souls. This is the Lord’s commission to us. C. T. Studd gave the following advice to the missionaries in Central Africa, “Get the simple gospel out into the whole of your vast district and see that every soul knows the way of salvation and has a fair chance of being saved”.

2. SOULS MUST BE BROUGHT TO CHRIST:

In Verse 35, the word “Brought” is the most important word. It indicates an emphasis which we must regain if we are successful for win others to Christ. Rescue work involves more than simply going to those who are lost. Souls must be brought to Christ. We must seek His grace to bring souls to Christ.

3. FOR SOULS WE MUST BESOUGHT CHRIST: 

In Verse 36, they pleaded with Him that those whom they had brought might be healed. In other words they prayed to Jesus Christ. A true passion for souls will quickly show itself in persistent prayer for their salvation. In prayer we become channels through whom the Holy Spirit affects His work of winning them. Concern for souls should begin to operate in our own community. The men of that place  became evangelists to their own people. Likewise, when we get a passion for souls, we must be burdened and concerned for the salvation of those among whom we live.