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Language of the Lost

Everything in God’s creation has a language behind it. Because man is a part of creation, He too has a language. The Bible has much to say about the language of the soul. “A happy heart makes the face cheerful” (Proverbs 15:13a). “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” (Psalm 42:11a) Our very soul speaks a language of its own.

There is a language that the lost communicate, and we must understand it if we are to effectively share Christ with them. Now, this does not mean compromise. It simply means relating to them on their level.

Jesus practiced this principle with the woman at the well and Nicodemus. They related to salvation on a physical level rather than spiritual. Nicodemus spoke of entering back into his mother’s womb (2), and the woman at the well spoke of drawing real water out of the well. Jesus helped to bring their worldly concepts into a spiritual one through investing with creativity.

We must learn to communicate with the lost by sharing their burdens. Paul did this in Romans 9:2: “That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.” He was burdened to the point where he wished to exchange his salvation for the people’s sake, even though he knew this was impossible (3). We need to pray that we develop this same understanding of the language of the lost.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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