Loving the Lost

We say often in my house, “If wishes were fishes we would all be in the sea.” We wish a lot of things. As a Christian, I wish often that the people around me all knew Jesus. Sometimes, I even think so highly of them that I avoid thinking about their lostness. I avoid seeing that they do not have Jesus. I avoid remembering the future of all who do not have Jesus.

“​I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”

(Romans 9:1-3)

Yet, is it really loving to do that? Is it loving to push another person’s lostness out of mind because I like them? Is it loving to avoid thinking about it? The apostle Paul declared, “​1  I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” (Romans 9:1-3) Paul had unceasing anguish in his heart for his people who did not know Jesus. It hurt him.

This tells me that it SHOULD hurt me that my friends and loved ones are lost. It should hurt because of their future. It should hurt because they do not know the lover of their soul. It should hurt me because it hurts the heart of God. He does love their souls. He loves them so much that Jesus died for them.

If I am tempted to forget that my lost loved ones are lost, I remember that Jesus loves them. If I am tempted to avoid thinking about my loved neighbors or community members are lost, I remember how far God’s love was willing to go to save them.

The Father and the Son love the lost so much. The question I ask myself – do I love them the same way?

Something to think about,

Pastor John

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2 Responses to Loving the Lost

  1. Christine says:

    This has been something that I’ve thought on a lot. So many times I talk with people and then wonder if they are going to heaven or hell. The sad thing about being a Christian and knowing the truth is that I sometimes feel like we have a hidden truth inside of us that others may want to know. By hiding it, we are doing them an inservice. I want to look for ways to let people know I’m a Christian so that if the Holy Spirit has been working in their life, they can question me about the hope I have in mine. Yesterday, as I was working in the coffee shop, I spoke out to a Christian friend about how my daughter’s boyfriend noticed all the verses in my camper and wondered aloud what kind of camping trip might have brought that on! My friend laughed at that. I told my friend that it gave me the chance to tell him those verses are for the times I was going through a rough time and praying in the camper. I was aware that there were others in the coffee shop who may have overheard me. Rather than be quiet as I told this story, I decided to be bold because I was not ashamed of my story. Rather, later I would hope that it would help those other people to feel comfortable to ask me or someone else more about the Lord because they see the hope that He gives me. I can only hope my stories help to inspire others.

    • Pastor John says:

      That is an important key – we are always planting or watering the seeds of the gospel. We never know when God might let us harvest. It is a glory to never give up planting and watering. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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