"Having said that, however, it is possible to make ministry and evangelism and 'good stuff' our god instead of the One, true and living God. The genuine believer longs to know and be with Christ more than anything else in the universe. This doesn't mean we don't love our lost friends and family members. I think you can do both. In fact, the same Paul who wrote what I mentioned above in Romans 9 also wrote in Philippians 1:23 that he wished he could depart and be with Christ (for that was far better!). So, I think we have to live with the tension. Doesn't Jesus even say in several places in the Gospels that when one comes to Him he/she must hate mom, dad, sister, brother, etc.? This, of course, does not at all mean we should not long for them to know Christ...but it does mean Christ MUST be first and foremost in all of our thoughts and affections and relationships, etc. Make sense?
"The main point (I think!) of the passage I preached yesterday was that when Jesus returns, those who are His will be recognized by their love and passion and longing for Him. It will change the way we pray and live and think and pursue.
"So, keep praying for those you love to know Christ. Keep diligently telling them the Gospel. But do it while you grow in a love and knowledge of Jesus, that fosters a greater longing to be with Him for eternity."