This quote by Charles H. Spurgeon painted a great mental picture of how our concern and love for the lost should be:
It is so easy to lose our heart for the lost. Statistics show that the longer we have been a Christian, the fewer number of pre-Christians friends we will have. We get so caught up with Christian things that we forget the spiritual state that we were in before we came to Christ.
I have discovered over the years that 3 groups of people usually have a greater burden for the lost:
2) They have family members or someone that they love very much who are not believers.
3) They grew up in the church but they fell away and rededicated their lives to Christ.
I think ultimately what is required to have the heart that Spurgeon described in his quote is simply having God’s heart. This comes by reading His Word and seeing how His heart broke for the lost and also by prayer.
I love what D. T. Niles said, “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”
We are beggars who have found the Bread of Life.