The Son was not forced to take up this saving work,
nor did He do it grudgingly. Rather He gave Himself
wholly and willingly that the objects of His love - a
lost, depraved, rebellious humanity - might know
forgiveness and everlasting life.
Paul Washer read's an expect from Puritan John Flavel, called "The Father's Bargain".
"Here you may suppose the Father to say when driving His bargain with Christ for you:
The Father speaks. My Son, here is a company of poor, miserable souls that have utterly undone themselves and now lay open to my justice. Justice demands satisfaction for them, or will satisfy itself in the eternal ruin of them.
The Son responds. O my Father. Such is my love to and pity for them, that rather then they shall perish eternally I will be responsible for them as their guarantee. Bring in all thy bills, that I may see what they owe thee. Bring them all in, that there be no after-reckonings with them. At my hands shall thou require it. I would rather choose to suffer the wrath that is theirs then they should suffer it. Upon me, my Father, upon me be all their debt.
The Father responds. But my Son, if thou undertake for them, thou must reckon to pay the last mite. Expect no abatement. Son, if I spare them... I will not spare you.
The Son responds. Content Father. Let it be so. Charge it all upon me. I am able to discharge it. And though it prove a kind of undoing to me, though it impoverish all my riches, empty all my treasures... I am content to take it."
Ryan Fullerton preaches on the value of lost sinners. Where are the soul winners who are going out there to love the drunkards, prostitutes and preach to the gospel to the perishing.
Brethren do you value the lost sinners who are out there perishing without Christ? Are you able to invite them into your house and love them and preach the gospel to them?
I want to testify that this word that was given is not something that is only theoretical. We have a house here in San Antonio that 20 guys live in, over half were homeless, one guy was a child molester, many were slaves of crack and weed and other drugs. These are people I couldn't even of imagined living with at some point, yet to see God glorified through saving wicked sinners, everything is worth it, and God will allow us to overcome our fears. We need to get out of our comfort zone and realize it is not a "comfort zone" but a "selfish zone." Be encouraged, God helps those who are weak yet reliant upon Him.