Thursday, October 7, 2010

Look out for that bus!!!!!

Whether you're a Christ-follower or not persuaded to follow Christ ....please hear my plea, my plight; from one needy human to another. Maybe you're a Christ-follower who believes, passionately, the object of your faith passionately that you can't even fathom the idea of everyone you come in contact with not knowing what / who you believe? This is a good passion! I have great concern for a Christ-follower who does not have, or is not at least growing and striving toward, this sort of passion for Christ; a concern of indifference. You know the analogy.... if you were standing at the edge of a street, even at risk of being hit by an oncoming bus would not even think of not warning that person! You would do whatever it takes to avoid danger for that person! Our passion for a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus comes with that kind of urgency!!

But there is a very, very important thing to remember!! The whole reason you would do whatever it takes to save that person, from pending doom, is because of the love you have for him / her ...a brotherly, compassionate love that refuses to stand by and allow harm to someone .....when you can possibly avert it, or provide a means by which to avert danger! God forbid ...that I would not passionately desire a friend, a brother, a sister avoid the loneliest existance of all ....that without Christ.

But what happens when that passion burns so hot that it "singes" those whom we want, so desperately, to reach with the truth of Jesus Christ? The goal is to "reach" those in the world who do NOT know Jesus Christ, and we must do that because we love people ....not merely because we've been told to.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. -1 Corinthians 13:13

Our "faith" is important. It is the evidence of things not seen, things "hoped" for. Our faith is our foundation when our love is fleeting. As Christ-followers... we, too, hurt. We, too, agonize over why our God allows circumstances in our lives, and the people we love. But we lean on faith, we place our trust in Him whom we cannot see, but trust in. Oh world ....please forgive me if I have ever been so arrogant, so puffed-up with pride that I would dare utter a pithy catch-phrase such as.... "I am not better than you, or anyone, just better off!" I DON'T WANT TO BE JUST "BETTER OFF"!!!! I want YOU to know the same loving, compassionate, passionate, sacrificial Lamb that knows me! Praise God .....He knows me, even before I was in the womb ....He knew me. I have given all I am, all I have, to Him ...the best I know how.

I cannot imagine loving Him ....while leaving you to sit in wonder about what the "truth" is, or if there is any absolute truth. I know Him. "He" is the way, and the truth, and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father except by Him! (John 14:6). If you're not a Christ-follower ....this is nothing more than a love-letter ....just to say that. I love you. Today isn't necessarily about winning you over. Today is about telling you that I love you, and more profoundly, Jesus loves you! He decided, for reasons I'm not altogether certain of, to use "me" to say, to you, that He loves you. No theology to sway you. Just mere words to express the greatest of these..... love.

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