Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!
You may have clicked on the link because you thought, “that’s not right, what do you mean Kevin that it is impossible to love the lost?” Well, it’s not as it appears of course. I’m very into evangelism and I think all believers are called to share their faith with their family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, school peers, and yes even strangers. We’ve been given the ministry of reconciliation,
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
So you have just read above that you have the ministry of reconciliation. So what do I mean when I titled this blog post, “It is Impossible To Love The Lost.” Read the following,
“Have you ever wondered what it feels like to have a love for the lost? This is a term we use as part of our Christian jargon. Many believers search their hearts in condemnation, looking for the arrival of some feeling of benevolence that will propel them into bold evangelism. It will never happen. It is impossible to love “the lost”. You can’t feel deeply for an abstraction or a concept. You would find it impossible to love deeply an unfamiliar individual portrayed in a photograph, let alone a nation or a race or something as vague as “all lost people”.
Don’t wait for a feeling or love in order to share Christ with a stranger. You already love your heavenly Father, and you know that this stranger is created by Him, but separated from Him, so take those first steps in evangelism because you love God. It is not primarily out of compassion for humanity that we share our faith or pray for the lost; it is first of all, love for God.”
― John Piper
Something to think about the next time you have an opportunity to bring up the things of God and share the gospel (good news) with someone at someplace.
Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!