Not only have we been crafted and created to be bearers of blessings, not only does blessing others allow us to build for eternity, but we find…
Blessing Others Reveals God’s Love (Matthew 10:24/ John 3:16) The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master…A disciple in the most basic sense learns what the Teacher knows and lives as the Teacher lives—As growing disciples of Jesus Christ, his focus becomes our focus—John 3:16 reminds us- This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
The church is supposed to be in the business of changing lives, of bringing people to repentance and new birth, and accepting then back as prodigal sons and daughters when they do repent and turn things around. The church is to be a place of refuge, brothers and sister united together in service, a beacon of hope in the stormy world we live in, an agape love when they cannot find love anywhere else. We have the mission of bearing the mark of Christ. Loving who our master loves and serving who our master serves.
My step dad often tells the story from about 25 years ago; he was in the leadership of a church in Nevada. They had three young women visit our church several weeks in a row, and it came to the attention of several of the ladies in the congregation that the women were all employed as prostitutes in a legal brothel just over the county line. One fine day, a delegation of church ladies burst into an elders meeting to demand that they banish these women from attending; they were led by none other than the preacher’s mother, who was more than use to getting her way..
The preacher, to his credit said, “OK Mom, I’ll throw them out if you can first tell me where they should be on Sunday morning, instead of in church hearing the Gospel.” That was the end of the uprising.
Regardless of what you’ve been through, regardless of your past mistakes, regrets, this is exactly where you are meant to be. As Christians, it is our action which advocates best for our Lord. It would have been one thing for God to declare his love for us, but it was a whole other thing for God to show us his love—his motion revealed his emotion. In the same way it is your action—your movement—your following of Christ—that reveals your emotion to those around you. As is commonly quoted, “People care how much you care before they care how much you know!”
We want our methods to constantly draw people to our message of Jesus Christ. Today, whether we know it or not, would like to admit it or not, we all stand on the border of mortal life—yet the glorious legacy which remains is one which is built not by brick or gold, but by each disciple that makes another disciple of Jesus Christ.