When you think of Christians, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Is it something positive, like people who radiate an inexplicable love and make anyone feel validated and welcome?
Because a lot more of the time, we are thought of as harsh, judgemental, and closed-minded.
The question is – when did Christianity become something to fear, something to avoid?
In Jesus’ time, people were not joining the church (the body of Christ, not the physical building of a church) because of the type of Christianity that is seen today. They were joining because of the overwhelming love that was bursting out of those members. A Christian would walk down the street and there was something inexplicably different about them, they weren’t afraid to share the gospel, but weren’t shoving it down the throats of non-believers either. They were simply vessels of God’s will. In Acts 2:47, it tells of the Lord’s church growing daily. People flocked to the church, craving the joy that those in it radiated.
It was their own choice to join and grow in this love.
So why do we not continue to try and be this church of overwhelming love, making anyone and everyone feel welcome and compelled to join? It is our job, to learn and grow in love.
Like it says in Hebrews 10:24
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds
Quite frankly, we have one job as a body of christ, and that isn’t to attract people to the church with rock walls and bouncy castles and new buildings and a good coffee bar. Our job is to radiate so much love that people are drawn to us enough to ask,“How are you so kind to everyone? How are you so joyful? How do you possess this much love?”
We should be living as the body of christ, unashamed. Because we truly have one aim that we should be pushing towards…
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a good faith (1 Timothy 1:5)
THE AIM IS LOVE, PEOPLE!!!
ps – thank you to Johnno for this inspo (my camp girlies will know what I mean)