In preparation for our Neighbor Day service on May 19, several eastside leaders have written articles about evangelism – specifically reaching out to, serving, and loving the lost. The first article is below. Drew and Kathy Nitchoff talk about keeping the lost on our hearts in the middle of busy lives.
Keeping The Lost On Your Heart
Connecting. No other time in human history have we been able to connect with others as we do today. From 1990 to 2011, global cell phone subscriptions have increased from 12.4 million to over 6 billion. Even though we have the access and ability to stay connected at any given time, we, as a people, can become individually so very isolated and distant. Has the World Wide Web really become…a world wide web?
Just the other day, I stepped into the elevator on my way to work and noticed everyone on their phones. People were checking emails, facebook, texting, tweeting, instagramming and I have no idea what else. No one looked up or around at anything or anyone. As we stopped at one of the floors, a woman next to me looked up and realized to her surprise that our elevator was going up….not down. Startled, she looked at me and asked, “Oh…we’re going up?” She just shook her head and went right back to her phone.
With our busy lifestyles, we know that technology can be a great help, but unfortunately it can also keep our hearts out of touch with others. Yet when it comes to Jesus, it was all about touching every heart, every day.
I. Seeing the Lost Through the Eyes of Jesus
A. John 4: 9-10
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
1. Jesus didn’t fear what others thought.
B. John 3:9-12
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
1. Jesus wasn’t intimidated by who others were.
C. Matthew 9:9-10
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.
1. Jesus didn’t care what others did.
Questions for thought: When you see the lost, what do you see? What do you really see?
II. Connecting With the Heart of Jesus
36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because
they were faint and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
1. Jesus was moved with emotion.
2. Jesus had compassion.
3. He saw the people’s distress.
4. He felt their helplessness.
It doesn’t matter who people are, or what people do, somewhere in everyone’s life there are moments of feeling helpless, alone or in distress.
Question for thought: Is your heart moved to connect with those who are lost?
How do we keep the lost on our hearts? We connect to the lost through our compassion. If we see the lost through Jesus’ eyes then we won’t care what people think, or what people will say. Our hearts will shine through and people will know if we care or not. We must do whatever we can to enable ourselves to love the lost. And then we need to pray, pray, pray and then pray even more for our new friends who are imprinted on our hearts.
Drew & Kathy Nitchoff