I grew up in a family who went to church. Mom, Dad, and four kids. My parents made sure I learned Christian doctrines. I earned pins for Sunday School attendance. I believed in Jesus as the Savior of the world.
Something was missing. An indefinable empty space.
The rebellious streak in me challenged what I already knew to be true. My mind accepted what the Bible had to say; my soul questioned why. I decided to do things my way until God stepped in and explained Himself.
God is under no obligation to explain Himself to the most devoted of His followers much less to an upstart teenager who thinks she knows it all. Instead, He gave me enough proverbial rope to hang myself with, and once I was strangling in a noose of my own making, He saved me as I gargled for help.
His love filled up that empty space. Sure, His love had been there all the time, but I was oblivious until I recognized my need for a Savior.
Today, I walk in a world where crowds of people pass me who are in need of the same love. They’re blind. I have no power of my own to get people to understand His love for them, but I do have the power to share His love in my life, and I do have the power to pray that He will use avenues of love to reach the lost.
1. His love in creation. Almost every human being revels in the beauty of sunsets, the majesty of mountains, the power of ocean waves. Deep down, they hear the Creator who whispers His love into their hearts.
2. His love in the Word. The first verses of the Gospel of John, proclaim this love boldly and with clarity. Jesus is the Word. The Word became flesh because He loved us. The Bible has been written for men and women and boys and girls to see His love in history and expect His love in the future.
3. His love through the prophets. Major and minor prophets in the Bible carried the message of His love to the world. He sends prophets today to declare the truth of His love as well.
4. His love through all Christians. As people receive His love, they have the natural desire to share the joy that now fills them. Christians who love and serve the needy as well as each other reflect the love of God.
5. His love through the Crucifixion and Resurrection. These two events are historical records of love. A God who chose to pay for the sins of His people through His own torture and death. The physical horror was miniscule compared to the sin heaped upon Him at the same time. And a God who is so powerful He conquered death. He accomplished this supernatural feat both in the human shell He wore and in the human souls He created and continues to bring into being.
Who has loved more than this?
When I pray for our lost world, I use these five avenues of love in my petitions that blinders will be removed from spiritually dead eyes. May these hungry souls surrender to Jesus and His love.