Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
- Matthew 22:36-40
I think one of the most daunting parts of being a Christian is the element of sharing our faith. It is one thing to decide in your heart that you love the Lord and want to serve Him, but too often we forget that sharing our faith with the world is just as important.
But think about how you heard about Jesus. Was it from your parents? A teacher? A pastor? Imagine if that one person hadn’t had the courage to share their faith with you.
The reality is that Jesus gave us a few commands while He was here on Earth physically, one of which is called “The Great Commission.” This also happened to be Jesus’ last spoken command to His disciples:
Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.' - Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus was very specific about what we are to do: make disciples of every nation. But it’s important to remember the other very crucial part of this verse...we won’t be doing it alone. He is with us always. Literally until the end of time.
I also believe that the Lord cares about the way we go about “making disciples” (leading others to Christ). I have often wondered just how I should approach sharing the Gospel with people. There are many ways that one can go about it. But after you strip away all of the tools and 12-step plans we’ve adopted through the years, I think Jesus wanted us to just love one another.
John 13:35 tells us that people will know that we are followers of Christ by our love. Not our fancy Christian lingo. Not the Bible verse in our social media bios. Not even by our good works. By our love. This means that people will see Christ in us by the way that we come alongside others, and love them without an agenda.
All throughout the Gospel, Jesus went against the grain and surprised people with the way He lived His life. Religious people expected Him to come and cast judgement on His people, or condemn them publicly. But instead, He walked alongside people, and He loved them. And as a result, people came to know who He really was and decided to follow after Him.
I pray that we can use the example of Jesus’ life, and others may come to know Jesus by how well we simply love them, and by the way we joyfully proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
1. Have a moment of honest reflection. How well do you think you love the people in your life?
2. Dig a little deeper: how loved do you believe you are? It is important to remember that without truly believing that we are loved, we cannot love others.
3. What are some practical ways you can love on people this week?
Father, thank You for Your love. Thank You that it isn’t something we’ve ever had to earn. We know that because we are loved by You, we may walk in freedom. Equip us to love others. Help us to believe that we are loved beyond measure, and then help us to pour that back into people who need to feel it. We pray that through our love, only You are glorified. Amen.
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