Lately I have been leary of calling myself Christian. That is sad but true, and I have reasons for usually labeling myself Christ follower. There are alot of people calling themselves Christian, and what I see and hear is not Christ. Breaks my heart at the damage that is being done to the unbelievers around us.
When I look at a prostitute, drug addict, cross dresser, homo/bi-sexual, homeless persons I first remind myself that they were created in the image of my God! People who have been lied to, led wrong, hurt, and sadly abandoned by the same ones who seem to hold the answers, but are very intent to be right and have forgotten to thank God that they have been delivered. Sadly justifying one sin and condemning another.
Would you give a new baby a New York strip steak for dinner? How can we expect someone who is just looking at our faith for the first time, and expect them to digest the deeper things of God? I really don’t think showing them a picture of my Jesus begins with me telling them what is wrong with their lifestyle. Help me out here, I am really struggling with this one. There is so much freedom in Christ, and the convicting and changing of a heart is HIS job, we can not do that! We are truly suppose to love them, and show them that God loves them and sent HIS son to rescue them. I believe with all my heart that love is the one thing that should be shown no matter what. Even while we were still unbelievers, Christ died for us. All of us, no exceptions, no name calling, no labels…all of us. God so loved the world..not just some but all of us. I can’t think of one of those types of labels that was not caused in a heart because of a need not being met. First and foremost – Love.
Lord God, you are my King, and you know how my heart aches for these people who are lost and seeking the truth about you. I pray that the ones that come across my path would see a picture of Jesus in me, and that I would love them first, and remember that in some cases that was me before you, and in the other cases to remember to be thankful that I did not have to take that road to find you. Jesus, please help us to recieve the love you so freely fill us with and that it would just overflow onto someone who truly needs to know you love them.