As believers, we are all ‘after’ one thing, the heart of Christ. We are running the same race in pursuit of the same prize. We are witnesses to God. We all represent The Word in the flesh. We all have missions and callings. We highlight His glory.
A few Sundays ago at church our pastor, Paul Glenn, said this, “Jesus walked slowly through the crowds.” This spoke volumes to me because that is exactly what I and all of us should strive to do. The awareness and compassion Jesus had towards everyone; He noticed the beggars, the lame, the believers, the haters, the wanna-be’s, the thieves… He worked miracles without questioning or interrogation, He simply loved.
There is a non-profit called Preemptive Love Coalition and one of their mantras is “love anyway.” Their ministry/mission consists of going into Iraq and Syria and assisting those in need. Which, as everyone knows, can be extremely dangerous, but they do not ask every individual if they’ve ever done wrong or if they are a Christian, no questions are asked, they love anyway. In 1 Corinthians 13:13 it says this, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love.” Today, with all the things that are happening, I believe it is vitally important to love. One of the many things my Aunt has taught me is that Jesus loves the sinner, the wrong-doer, the murderer as much as He loves the one who repents, the believer, and the compassionate. As believers on judgment day we will all be asked one question, “What did you do for My Son Jesus Christ?” And that is where we will differ.
This is when “Jesus walked slowly through the crowds” comes into play. Did we notice the hopeless on the side of the street? Did we see the need in the grocery store? Or did we smile, hold the door open, take the shopping cart back? You get the picture. The question that always gets me is this, “What if you are the only Jesus they ever encounter?” We are ambassadors of Christ; we represent Him every minute of every day. Why should we let temporary, unimportant things that are of importance to the world get in the middle of what is important to the kingdom? Let us all practice what we preach. As my pastor said, “Let’s move beyond Sunday.” I really like that because being a Christian is not only a Sunday event, it is ongoing, every day, and it is not invitation only…
I am adding this Hillsong United song because the lyrics are beautiful and powerful. My favorite is towards the end…
“If You gladly chose surrender so will I
I can see Your heart
Eight billion different ways
Every precious one
A child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will I
Like You would again a hundred billion times
But what measure could amount to Your desire
You’re the One who never leaves the one behind”
Hannah Leach, a Junior at Liberty University, Lynchburg VA, majoring in social work. Hannah is 20-years old; in her sophomore year of college the Lord grabbed her heart and turned the direction of her life. What she had planned on was no longer the passion of her soul – after much searching, praying, crying out to the Lord she changed her major, began volunteering in the divorce care ministry for children in her at-college home church, and is not looking back. She is only looking forward and loving anyway!
And, because it’s Wednesday – don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway. Direct your comments to Hannah – these are her words. This is her heart.
This week I’ll be linking up with Inspire Me Monday, Tea and Word, Porch Stories, Coffee for Your Heart, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Tune In Thursday, Dance With Jesus, Fresh Market Friday, Glimpses of His Beauty, Salt and Light, Heart Encouragement, Thought-Provoking Thursday, Grace and Truth, Faith-Filled Friday, Seeking God, Glimpses of His Beauty.