1 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thought for the Day: Share Jesus with others through love and care.
How do we reflect Jesus to those around us? How do people react when we share words about our relationship with Him? I am not a preacher and I am not good at getting in front of people to speak. I am more of a one on one communicator than a communicator to a group. As a read a devotional this morning about trying too hard to bring people to Christ through words and preaching. The author shared that the example of Jesus was not to “promote” Himself in an advertising way, but to attract people through His pure love and care for them. His genuine love and care was the attraction, not a flamboyant advertisement. The author went on to say that it is okay to invite people to church but the best way to bring someone to Christ is through the Holy Spirit leading us in a loving and caring manner toward those we meet and those we share our faith.
So, how do we show Jesus to others? We become genuine in our faith and we show Jesus to others through our love and care. There is a lot of stress in the lives of most people today – I am beginning to see that more and more. But what a great stress relief to see that Jesus loves us and cares for us, and that we can lessen our stress load by becoming more like Him to show love and care for those around us. Let’s remember where “home” is in Christ where we can show love and care to others where they will want to “come home” to Christ as well.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for the reminder of the example of Jesus’ love and care for us as we try to bring others to Christ. Help us feel love in our hearts and then share that love and care to all we meet. Be with us as we go through this day – help us remember to “Come Home” and to “Bring others Home.” Amen.
Prayer Focus: Sharing Jesus with others