Zealous and Compassionate Evangelism (Jonah 4:10-11)


Jona chapter four versus ten eleven. And the lord said you pity the plant for which you did not labor nor did you make it grow which came into being a night and perished in a night and should not i pity niniveh that great city in which there are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left and also much cattle and thus ends the book of jona with the profit exceedingly displeased. An angry that god had brought salvation to niniveh. The god had saved benefit from the wrath. They deserved and the prophet. Jonah is upset goes out of the city. Sits down there under the shade and god appoints this plant to come up over jona to save him from discomfort in the sun and jonah was exceedingly. Glad about the plant. But then when god appointed a worm to attack the plants withered. Joan was so upset. And god's says in verses we just read you pity the plant a plant. Should i not pity. Niniveh people hundreds of thousands of people who have created a my image whom i love and i desire to save like. There's so much temptation at this point just to be very critical of jona and obviously jonah was in the wrong here but let's look at our own lives i. How often are you an. I consumed with passionate about things in this world that ultimately don't matter i we value plants and possessions and sports and entertainment and petty comforts in trivial concerns. And we can get so worked up over these things so passionate about these things even embroiled in these things that we miss individuals right around us people that we interact with on a daily basis. Who are on a road that leads to an eternal hell. Oh god we pray. Help us to realize to remember what matters most god reprieve. You'd forgive us for our focus on so many different comforts and cares and concerns in this world that we are not more passionate about seoul's being saved not just experience your life and your love in this world but in all of eternity god help us depite what you pity to have compassion like your compassion to love like you love god. We pray. You'd help us too long for what you long for you. Desire all people to know your grace your salvation. We think about seven plus billion people in the world all created in your image your likeness created to know you and created to enjoy you. Who turned from you all seven. Plus billion of us have turned from you and you love them so loved the world that you gave your one and only son that whoever among the seven billion believes in jesus will not perish paternal live gunnery. Praise you for your love for us. We praise you for somebody caring enough about us to share the gospel with us. We praise you for the eternal life we have in you. We praise you for your pity and your compassion and your love for us. So god reprinted helpless his show that for other people around us cowdery pray that ours eel to lead people to to faith in jesus to internal life and you would far outweigh our zeal for anything else. In this world. God that we would be emotional about passionate about not plans and possessions and sports and entertainment and petty comforts and trivial concerns but that we would be passionate about people and their souls for all of eternity. God we we pray that you would keep us from living like we see joan in this last chapter. God help us to be a clear reflection of your love for the people around us people who are desperately in need of your grace. We pray that you would help us to be more concerned about their salvation. Then we are about new business ventures new gadgets nicer things and sports teams and whatever else this world offers us help us we pray god in jesus name

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