Christians are the hard-won Redeemed of the Lord. That word “Redeemed” means we were bought back. It implies a slave market. How we got into slavery we all know. It began with Adam, but you know each and every one of us contributed. We are culpable, to the last man. But the Lord, rich in mercy, bought us with, and adopted us, and made it so we inherit all that Jesus does. And now, as the redeemed of the Lord, we have been redeemed unto fruitfulness.
Proverbs 11:30 (NKJV)
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.
So now we return to this metaphor we see all over Scripture. We are human trees—fruit trees. God made us to bring forth good fruit, and to be life to those around us. The Proverb says “He who wins souls is wise…” It’s easy, when we read that verse, to immediately start playing defense. “But I’m not an evangelist…” It’s true, not everyone is gifted as an evangelist, but everyone can be a friend. The first step to getting someone out of the slave market is to befriend them. We need to repent of our timidity, of our love of comfort, of our fear that we’ll be rejected by unbelievers because we love the Lord. And when we do, we’ll find that really life doesn’t get any better than when we get to see up close and personal the power of God transforming people’s lives. It’s fun to see the world upended. So pray that God will help you to habitually befriend unbelievers. Pray that God will help you be a little tree of life. And it all starts with friendship...