“What a waste!” is the indignant outcry evoked by the careless and unnecessary squandering of goods, money, and natural resources. It is a justified outcry, for wastefulness, by definition, is a “voluntary loss,” and the mind frame behind this “throw-away” philosophy is a damaging one. Albeit, at least the wasting of these valuable resources stops this side of eternity. There is another waste, the greatest waste in all the world, a waste that reaches all the way into eternity: It is the waste of a soul! Now if there were ever a cause for righteous indignation, let it be for the wasteful loss of multitudes of souls!
“The most useless thing in all God’s universe is that any sinner should perish”Talmage
Perish! when God gave His only begotten Son to spill His blood that the world might be saved? Yet souls are perishing in mind-staggering numbers. What a waste, that death by suicide takes one million souls annually, worldwide![i] What a waste that by this epidemic, not a few parents are bereaved of their young! According to NPR News, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth, ages ten to twenty-four. What a waste of souls that rightfully belong to God!
Then there is the tragedy of the unborn, who are taken and thrown out with the paper cups and plates. What a waste! (Thankfully their souls are in paradise with Jesus!) But oh, for a cry of vengeance to rise up in protest against the destruction and exploitation of our children and youth by a humanistic society that is determined to scorn God’s laws!
Visit the hospitals and nursing homes. Consider the atrophied conditions of the aged, who have wasted a lifetime of health and vigor in selfish pursuits, and now, overtaken by frailty and illness, have sunken into a demented or sedated state, making repentance an impossibility. What a waste, not only to rob God of a lifetime of service, but also of a host of souls He had wanted to spend eternity with! And what a waste to rob the world of godly examples of maturity and wisdom that only age can offer. How sad when elderly men and women cover up the beauty of gray hair, indulge in sensual pleasures, and adopt shameful behavior, all in a desperate attempt to stay forever young. This, too, is a waste!
Next, consider the worldly-wise. Bogged down with evolutionary theories and foolish questions, they are “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of truth.” What has been “revealed unto babes,” has been hid from these “wise and prudent” scholars. So, where does man come from? Scientists would soon know, if they would but heed the following admonition once given to the spiritual blind: Rather than for man to ask where he comes from, he ought to be asking where he is going. A vision of his rapid approach toward the Judgment Seat of Christ and of his appearance before Him who created all things, would promptly answer his question of where he comes from, and many other questions besides! Be assured then, ye worldly-wise who refuse the light of God, that you, too, will have to give an account for your wasted lives and your wasted souls.
No better are the empty professors of religion. They are the “Lord, Lord” callers, imagining themselves on their way to heaven, but they do not the will of the Father. They do not “tremble at His Word.” They do not love Him passionately. There is no heart and no heat in their experience. They are not fit for heaven, because heaven is a place of spiritual intensity. In the end, those who leisurely stroll along with nominal Christianity will hear Christ say unto them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” What a waste of prayers that were prayed and of hymns that were sung! More so, what an inestimable waste of souls!
Lastly, how do the modern preachers intend to escape this outcry? Driven by selfish ambition, they waste the eternal Word by preaching another gospel—a powerless, sin-winking, flattering gospel—making merchandise of souls and deceiving the multitudes. (All this, while the money rolls in.) Woe unto these preachers and woe unto those that trust in them! The punishment of “everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord” awaits them. What a waste!
Dear reader, is this the indignant outcry of your present existence? Have you allowed your soul and your life to be wasted in sinful and selfish pursuits? Behold, there is a “fountain opened … for sin and for uncleanness.” There is forgiveness and deliverance through the blood of Jesus. There is a perfect plan of salvation “to heal the broken hearted, to give beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for the spirit of heaviness.” You can be saved to the uttermost! The cry, “What a waste!” can be transformed into a jubilant shout, “What a redemption!” Oh, that even now, the whole world—every man, woman, and child— would call on Him, who said, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22).
[i] Maclean’s, February 2019, page 53