Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18
Has God’s love taken over your life? The first indication is your new found love for the Lord. As the Apostle John said, “We love Him because He first loved us”. The fire of God’s love is unmistakeable, true conversion results in a passion for the Lord. The second indication may be a little harder to fake; it is a love for the lost, even the unlovely; or as Jesus said “the least of these”. That’s how you really know you are converted, you begin to have a love for the lost and desire to see their lives changed. This love first shows itself as we have a strange pull to share Christ to the hurting people in our lives. This love doesn’t stop there, it continues beyond conversion until the day we see Christ formed in our lost friends and loved ones. Here is how Watchman Nee describes this love in us.
“We long to see men saved from perishing and won for God’s glory. But do we stop there? When we see three or four thousand converts—or even three or four!—all saved and all going on fairly well with the Lord, do we feel a task has been accomplished? Should we not regard it rather as a task just begun? Ought we not to ask ourselves how many of them have yet caught a glimpse of the one heavenly Man into which God has brought them? Are they still just units, fishes in the net, figures in a list of “campaign results,” or does that supreme vision possess them? It will certainly not do so unless it first possesses us. So I ask again, are we burdened, as were the apostles, to see them grow up in all things into the Head, even Christ?”
When Jesus gave His great commission to His disciples He emphasized evangelism and discipleship. In Mark’s version, He emphasized winning souls, in Matthew’s account He says to go into all the world and make disciples. Last Sunday we saw many people make a decision for Christ in our first service of Summer Saturation. The love of God compels us to finish the job, to reach out to each new visitor until Christ is formed in them.
How can we each do our part? Ask the Lord to sensitize you to the needs of people around you. As the Lord puts His love for individuals in your heart, follow His lead. Invite them to your small group, sit with them in church. Discipleship is actually the outflow of the love of God.