Have you ever asked, “How do I get a burden for souls?” Or felt like you do not care enough about the lost? Learn from a wealthy man how to get motivated for evangelism.
The poor man died and was carried by the angels to sit beside Abraham at the feast in heaven. The rich man died and was buried, and in Hades, where he was in great pain, he looked up and saw Abraham, far away…
The rich man said, “Then I beg you, father Abraham, send Lazarus to my father’s house, where I have five brothers. Let him go and warn them so that they, at least, will not come to this place of pain.” (Luke 16:22-3, 27-28, GNB)
In hell, people care about lost souls.
People in the place of punishment do not want anyone to suffer like them. Most Christians would do well to visit hell. It would motivate them to warn others about the danger ahead if they reject the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, those in Hades cannot leave to warn anyone, nor come back to write a multi-million dollar novel about their experience. They do have a burden for the lost souls still on earth, however. The rich man’s solution was to send someone back from heaven to warn his family, but Abraham said that, too, was impossible. There goes another chance at a New York Times bestseller.
The “Father of Faith” told the rich man that his brothers had the Word of God to warn them. But the rich fool said, “That is not enough, father Abraham! But if someone were to rise from death and go to them, then they would turn from their sins” (16:30).
Abraham said, “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone were to rise from death” (16:31).
Scripture confirms the horrors of lostness
If you are going to have a love for the lost and warn them about the coming judgment, you must know what the Scriptures say about hellfire. Too many people live a feel-good religion and hope that “all dogs go to heaven” in the end. I have never been to a funeral yet where the preacher put the deceased in hell. He puts the person in heaven—as if the minister is God to decide these things.
People do not fear hell like they should because we Christians do not either. Although some people think it is mean or manipulative to talk about the lake of fire, Jesus described hell much more clearly than He did heaven. He let us know more of the details of eternity without Him than He ever disclosed about eternity with Him.
A mental image of your loved ones in the lake of fire should help give you a burden for lost souls. Keep inviting people to church. Keep sharing the message of hope. And make sure you also get around to the hot topic with your lost loved ones.