I once had a neighbor, who on the way to the hardware mega store asked, “Why are you so different?” I had helped them with several needs after they had moved into their new home. He asked, I told him. The truth appealed to him and his wife, and they accepted Jesus.
Do people in your world know you believe in God? Can they tell you have accepted Jesus Christ and you live your life for him? Do they think you are a Jesus freak, or a normal person who happens to love God, a lot?
Jesus hung out with people, who the Pharisees judged as “sinners”. Jesus called them people who needed his love. This means that even though Jesus spoke about his Father in heaven, and believing in him, the people still wanted to be around him. They were drawn to him, because he showed love. Jesus met them where they were. He didn’t change his actions or message when in the presence of people of the world, but turned up the love!
Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways. I’m not asking that you take them out of the world But that you guard them from the Evil One. They are no more defined by the world Than I am defined by the world. (Joh 17:15-16 MSG)
We would be wise to follow Jesus’ example. People will be drawn to us because of our love, and then they will be interested in hearing our message of Jesus.
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