We are being challenged this week to follow our “calling” from God and be deliberate about loving the people around us. The greatest thing we can ever do is help others discover the love of God through Jesus. Each of us was asked to write down 3 to 5 names of people we will pray for and pursue. As you pray for the people you listed, let the following verses help motivate you to take initiative with them.
As you read and consider these verses, ask God to help you love and care for them like He does.
16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17 (NLT)
3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
Luke 15:3-7 (NLT)
It is clear that God loves those who are lost and don’t know Him. We have been given the responsibility and privilege of helping them understand who Jesus is and the love He offers.
22 Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (NLT)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)