Loving the Lost
February 29, 2024

Let me share with you three keys to understanding God’s unfailing love for a world in desperate need for love.

In a world that often feels cold and indifferent, the idea of unconditional love can seem like a distant dream, especially for those who feel lost or forgotten. This sense of abandonment can be particularly profound in children, who view the world through a lens of simplicity and trust. Of course this is not Yet, the Bible reveals to us a different narrative—one of an ever-present, all-encompassing love from our heavenly Father. I wanted to take a look today three keys to understanding and receiving God’s unfailing love, that offers hope and guidance for the lost, especially children.

Key #1 – God’s love is unconditional.

One of the most profound truths about God’s love is that it is unconditional. Unlike human love, which can be fickle and often dependent on circumstances or behavior, God’s love for us does not change. This is a powerful message for those who feel lost, particularly children, who might think they need to earn love through their actions or by being ‘good enough.’

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Rom.5:8

This verse reminds us of the depth of God’s love, reminding us that His love is not a response to our goodness but a reflection of His character. It’s a love that seeks us out, even when we feel unworthy or lost.

  1. God’s love is a seeking love

We are reminded of this in the parable of the lost sheep which is a beautiful illustration of how God’s love is not passive but actively seeking out the one who is lost. This message is especially pertinent for children who feel invisible or overlooked. God does not wait for us to find our way back to Him; He takes the initiative, leaving the ninety-nine to find the one who has strayed.

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders.” Lk 15:4-5

This passage reassures us that no matter how far we wander or how lost we feel, we are never beyond the reach of God’s love. It’s a love that seeks, finds, and restores.

Key #3 Gods love is transformative.

God’s love is not just a comforting presence; it’s a powerful force that transforms us from the inside out. For those who feel broken, especially lost children who may struggle with feelings of worthlessness or abandonment, the transforming love of God offers hope for renewal and healing. Our CEF’s vision is to reach children all over the world remembering that non should perish. We understand the hurt as we hear stories from children in every nation who need the assurance of God’s love and His forgiveness. Our CEF missionaries work hard in the power and direction of God that every child shall hear the message of salvation.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”1 John 3:1

Being called a child of God is a deep demonstration of how God’s love transforms our identity. This new identity brings healing to our brokenness, offering a fresh start and a hopeful future. It’s a reminder that in God’s family, no one is lost, and everyone is valued.

For those who feel lost, especially children navigating a world that can often be unkind and confusing, the message of God’s love is a beacon of hope. This might even be your children or grandchildren and we would love to join you in prayer for your loved ones. Just reach out to us via phone or email.

Understanding that this love of God is key and knowing that His unconditional, love will affect how we view ourselves and our place in this world is key. It’s a love that doesn’t give up, that always welcomes us home, and that promises to make all things new.

As we embrace these truths, let us become carriers of this love, to all we meet reflecting its warmth and light to others who may also feel lost and alone. In doing so, we not only find our way back to God but we can also help guide others to His loving embrace.

In His Service


Art Alexander

National Growth Director

CEF Canada