“It Was The Love”
I just heard a man’s testimony on the radio this morning that struck a chord with me. He said that he grew up Muslim. However, through a lot of adverse things in his life, he became an Atheist.
At one point a couple of years ago, he decided he was tired of all of the anger and hatred that you hear in today’s music. So he started searching for ‘clean music’ that his kids could listen to. He stumbled across the Christian radio station K-Love.
Fast-forward to now and he is a Christian. They asked him what was it that finally did it for him. His answer? LOVE!
He said that it touched him that there wasn’t all of the fighting and arguing being spewed. It was the love that everyone talked and sang about. He initially thought it had to be phony…but with time he realized it was real. And, he studied the bible and discovered that Jesus showed love to everyone regardless of who they were or what they had done. He realized it was real.
For me, that brought to mind something else. I have had friends and met people who are excited about sharing the Word. So much so that you almost can’t carry on a normal conversation because they are busy quoting scripture to you in response to everything. Half the time what they quote doesn’t even apply (or at least the person they are talking to can’t see the connection).
I’ve even attended a church in the past that is full of very loving people who desire to do God’s work. However, if you are new or a visitor and happen to have a version of the bible that differs from the King James – then they hound you about it. They try to ‘kindly’ give you the ‘right’ one. They have been known to corner you and tell you how wrong you are because you grew up in a different church.
None of that wins the lost, people. As a matter of fact – it turns them off and sends them running. Which honestly, I don’t blame them!
I think that in our effortts to ‘win souls’ – we forget the most important thing: show God’s love. It’s not supposed to be the human effort anyhow. All we are to do is let His love show through us. The rest is between God and that other person. It’s God’s love shining through us that attracts the lost. They want what we have – just like that man mentioned earlier.
Jesus did not run after people and judge them. He didn’t make them feel guilty. He simply loved them where they were.
So I believe we should stop preaching at people. Stop arguing your point. Stop trying to show them how wrong they are and how right you are. Stop quoting words that don’t mean much to the non-Christian. Just love them. Let God’s love shine through you in how you live your life. Not through your efforts/works – but by being open to God’s will.