We as Christians are many times so busy trying to keep the law that we tend to alienate those that we were called to reach. Many times people are treated better and welcomed more by non-Christians than Christians. We somehow forget the way our role model, Jesus, taught us to walk. If we study His life here on earth, we see a man full of love and compassion and very rarely driven to anger. In fact, one of the times He was driven to anger was when the religious leaders were oppressing the people with the law. He was angry and told them that they were more concerned with the outward appearance than with the heart.
Jesus made it very clear that He was more concerned with our heart than merely following the law. That is not to say that God’s Law is not important, it was given to us to protect us. In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus tells us that love is the greatest commandment 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? 37 And He said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Many times I’ve heard Joyce Meyer say, “Jesus didn’t die so we can have a religion!” Everytime it reminds me to walk in love and to meet people where they are. Who are we to think we have all the answers as to how everyone else should live their lives when many of us have trouble managing our own. Matthew 7:4-6 “4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
About a year ago our church was asking if people would be willing to have the name of our church and the service times written on our back windshield. It took me a couple of months to agree to this, because I wanted to make sure I was a suitable representative for our church. How many times have you seen someone with a Jesus bumper sticker driving like a maniac? We must remember that when we speak out about our faith people are watching and waiting to see if we will prove them right. So many times we alienate people because they don’t see us living what we say we believe. Our actions speak louder than words!
Who can you reach out and love today?