Love Manifesto?

My pastor…

…said something the other day that I have been chewing on for a bit.

“The righteous were not the target market of Jesus, therefore, the righteous are not the target market of the Church,” he began.
“If the Church (you and I) do not pursue those who Jesus pursued, then we are missing the mark and failing the mission. If you had the remedy to AIDS, who would you give it to? The healthy? Of course not! Jesus is the Remedy to death. His 3-year ministry was a pursuit of the “sick”, not the healthy.”

 

perspective.pngWe have a problem.
I mean, here we sit twiddling our collective thumbs.
Whining and complaining to each other how the world is going to hell in a hand-basket and we just can’t wait for Jesus to come back!

Amen brother and sister, HALLELUJAH!

What the heck is wrong with us? Are we lazy? Stupid? What?
And don’t think for a minute that I’m being preachy or condemning because I’m talking directly to myself as I write this.

We have The Answer. His Name is Jesus.
There is no other cure for what ails mankind than Jesus!

If you want to get down to the basics, the mission of the Church is to introduce people to Jesus, disciple them, and train them up, so they can go out and introduce others to our Saviour outside the four walls of the meeting place. Why are we failing so miserably?

Historically, the approach of the church to sinners has been from a prideful “we have it all together” attitude. This turns off the listener, the same as it would turn me off to listen to such drivel. Telling people about Jesus is not about bragging about how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished. After all, you’ve been perfected in Him, right? Well mostly just emphasis on perfected, but I digress.

Actually, it’s about what He did.

love never fails

So to introduce people to Jesus, we must approach with a brokenness—knowing that we were once the same—and still are, but for the blood of Jesus that covers those who believe. A brokenness that recognizes his unconditional love. Broken enough to know that God loved us enough to give us this gift… this out, through the death of His Son. A brokenness that gives you the same name as the one you are talking to–Beloved. We have to love them enough to meet them where they are—no matter what they may be doing—and show them what Jesus did for us. Look past their sins. Look past the darkness in which they exist. Love them as God’s Beloved. Remember the sacrifice He made for you. Remember the pain He suffered because of you. Remember this and love them. For without Him, we are nothing.

Jesus discipled with love and example. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

And do not think or argue that by loving and meeting people where they are, you are condoning what they may be currently doing. Remember, love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV

If we love as Jesus did, He will not fail us for He is Love.

The Answer is Jesus.
The mission is discipleship.
The method is… Love.

Love them.
Introduce them to Jesus.
Disciple them.
Release them to do the same to the world.
Repeat.

May the love of God fill your heart today!
~Alan

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