We must be sensitive and tender towards others. We must be careful not to be narcissistic Christians, caring only about ourselves, our own struggles, our own comfort, and our personal prosperity… excessively self absorbed, self indulgent, self loving, all knowing, and only being passionate about what benefits us. God forbid! Then what is the point of being a Christian? What is the point of God’s Sacrifice?
Dear Friends, We must not be so passionate about our own comfort that we forget the reason why we are here, whose we are, and what it means to be a Christian! When we have a passion for the lost, we don’t need mountains of perfectly thought out and highly sophisticated arguments to show our passion. Christ’s love speaks ever so powerfully!
We are to be a shining light to the glory of God. Remember how Jesus showed practical and radical love to others – the rich, the middle class, the extremely poor, the deeply religious, the outcasts, prostitutes, lepers, criminals, beggars, tax collectors, divorcees, and social outcasts of the time. Who are we to shun others and stick our noses up in the air? Is God’s love shining through all that we do?
See Also: Are you Jesus Story – Do People see Jesus in me and you?
Why am I here? Bible Verses & Scriptures
God’s Passion for the Lost, Jesus’ Passion for the Lost – What does the Bible say?
Luke 19:10, ESV For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
(The son of man refers to Jesus Christ)
2 Peter 3:9, ESV The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
John 10:10, ESV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (Jesus speaking)
John 6:35, ESV Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
John 11:25, ESV Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
See Also: Getting to know God
Jesus’ Passion & Compassion for the Lost, Tired, Burdened, Discouraged
Matthew 11:28 – 29, NIV Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 9:35-38, ESV And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Amen.)
Thanks for reading today’s Burden for the Lost Sermon Scriptures. I pray God will ignite a deep passion and compassion within us – to love, reach out, witness, be a sweet smelling fragrance, and continually attract others into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Thanks for reading, Dear Friends – Have a wonderfully blessed, stress-free, productive, and joyful day!
Much Love & Blessings,
Bomi Jolly ~ JollyNotes.com