“It is better to enter into life maimed and lovely in God’s sight than to be lovely in man’s sight and lame in God’s sight.”
-Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Matthew 5: 29-30
“… 29it is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.”
Romans 10: 9-13
“9If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.’ 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ ”
Referring to Romans 9 and the debate over why some people are chosen and some are not- I think that this scripture from Matthew, along with Romans 10:9-13, reveals an answer.
Some choose to respond, based on free will, and God grants them to begin the journey of sanctification. Some choose to ignore the call and by doing so, they commit the unforgivable sin, which is denouncing the Holy Spirit, because they do not accept the Holy Spirit to abide in their heart. (See Matthew 12:31-32; “to deliberately persist with slanders against the Holy Spirit”)
As Christians, it is our responsibility to spread the gospel so that nonbelievers will hear it and believe it. If they don’t, they are like the eye or the hand of the constructed body of Christ. It is my understanding that God views the entire body- all humans that have existed, exist now, and who are yet to exist- as precious to Him, but not every part of the body is worthy of God, therefore, some parts must be cast off. However, we can try to combat this loss of parts of the body by being intentional with the directions of Romans 10:14-15. There should be an urgency to repair the broken body of Christ.
“14But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!’ ”
Here’s another way to mentally break it down. When we are born, we are automatically set up to be justified and inherit our position in of the body of Christ. When God calls us, it is a defining moment as to whether we will accept our inheritance to join the body or refuse the Holy Spirit and be cast off- this is a life long process where God is actively and patiently waiting for us to respond.
2 Peter 3:9, 11-12
“9The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance…11You ought to live holy and godly lives 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.”
So, maybe you need a personal invitation- here it is. Are you allowing God to use you to mend the brokenness of His body- His Church? Do something- ANYTHING to get on your way. Ask God to lead you. Take a note from Samuel:
1 Samuel 3:4-10
“Here I am… Speak, for your servant is listening.”
“The moment you realize God’s purpose [for you], which is to get you rightly related to Himself and then to your fellow man, He will tax you the last limit of the universe to help you take the right road”