The Three Loves of a Disciple: Love For The Lost

John 3:16 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
One thing is for sure, God loves all people more than anything. We are the only creatures that are made in His image and His likeness. God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die so that we could be redeemed. In fact, talking about Christ, the Bible says;
Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus loved us enough to die for us while we were still sinners, that’s profound when you really think deeply about it. That same love is what God expects for us to extend to those who are still lost. Sometimes we have the tendency to think that we who are born again are better than those who are still lost. We sometimes look down upon them and expect them to get their act together before we even give them a chance forgetting the grace and mercy that God extended to us.
The early Church had a hunger to win souls into the kingdom and most of their lives were centered around that agenda. Remember when Christ ascended to heaven he left us with this command;
Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [b]Amen.
Unfortunately some of us take it as a suggestion and thus we never tell anyone about the love of Christ and what He has done for us. We have become selfish. We show our love for the lost by praying for them, having compassion for them and sowing concern for them. Jesus demonstrated all that for us in how he interacted with the lost. We should also remember to pray for them and engage in evangelism. As Priests unto God, we represent God to the lost and we intercede for them before God.
Reflective Thoughts
Do you love the lost? How do you demonstrate that love?
Who was the last person you spoke to and shared the love of God and his plan of redemption? What was their response?
Are you making disciples?