I was asked, “What should be the primary motivation for evangelism and missions: Love for Christ or love for the lost?
The question is an impossible one to answer because it offers a false dichotomy. In the NT, love for others is the way we love God. “How can you say you love God if you do not love others?” James and John and Paul said. Both are always at play. For instance, Paul was so passionate about the lostness of his kinsmen that he was willing to be cursed for them. How’s that for setting the love of others in your thinking. Have both loves and you will do best.