This article saddened, but didn’t surprise me. We as the Body of Christ have the opportunity to share the love of Christ in many different ways. Often times we miss the not so obvious opportunities – like the way we treat waiters and waitresses in resturants. How we talk to those who cut our hair, take our money at gas stations, police as they give us tickets (yes I have had the opportunity to “minister” to police officers), and so and so forth.
Do we see these opportunities for what they are – ways in which we can show a dying world the love of Christ? Or do we blow them off, ignore them, or simply miss out because we are too consumed by our busy schedules. Our busy schedules, our agendas, our, our our… mine….mine…mine… Does God’s agenda get crowded out of our life?
When I talk about sharing the love of Christ to those around us, I’m not talking about handing out a tract or Bible…. though we could have an opportunity to do that. I am simply talking about demonstrating God’s love in practical ways. Opening doors for people, tipping well, smiling, not gossping at the hairdressers, offering to pray for someone who seems down, remembering the attendant’s name at the local QT that you visit waaaaay too often (ok, that one is directed to me), or helping out a neighbor, etc, etc.
I am simply talking about loving people. 1 Corinthians 13 addresses a church that struggled with this, not unlike the American church I believe.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all the mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing,” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, ESV).
Did you catch that? Without love we are a noisy gong in the ears of the unchurched. Without love we gain nothing and are nothing. We lose our influence – we are no longer salt (Matthew 5:13).
I mean if we see a homeless guy on the street in desperate need for water, are we going to say, “can I share with you the Four Spiritual Laws?” I wouldn’t think so, instead I would hope most of us would say – “let me get you something to drink.”
Sharing Christ + lack of love = wasted opportunity. So tip well, share a kind word to the QT attendant, meet a need that you see. Love people as Jesus would.