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When’s it gonna happen?

This question gets you thinking, I know it got me thinking. So why is it that we waste so much time keeping the thing that we hold inside us to ourselves and not share it with those who need it? I mean as Christians we already have the gift of salvation and we have it for eternity, so why shouldn’t we tell people about it? Now, some of you might be saying, “Now wait a minute, I tell people about Christ.” or “People at my school and/or work know I’m a Christian.”  Well it may be true that you do tell others about Christ and that they know you are a Christian. Hey, that is great! Don’t get me wrong. However, are you sharing through an almost scripted language that they do not understand? Are you talking to them as if they are lesser than you are, because you have something they do not? Are not saying anything at all? Instead, by your actions around them or the way, you treat them or look at them is enough for them to know how you view them?

Now, I ask these questions because if you are like me, you can yes to all of them at some degree. Believe when I tell you that I have been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and wore it more often than not. I’m guilty of it. So are you. However, one of the things that I have noticed is that, we often forget that though they are lost, so were we once. Though they are retched sinners, so are we. Actually when you think about it, the only real difference between them and us is that fact we have something they don’t…but they can have it too!

See the key to telling others about Christ is not the apologetics, or the witnessing techniques or strategies, these are important, but it is simply loving them. We love them by talking to them, treating them for who they are. No, I do not mean lost, human. Just like us. We love them by building a relationship with them. It is not all about sharing the Gospel, though it is a major part, it is not the whole picture. We love them so that instead of saying, “I’ve got something you don’t so I’m better than you.” We say, “I’ve got something you don’t, and you know I have it, and I know you want it. So I’m going show you how you can have it too.” That is how we should approach it. When Christ came to this earth, He did not flaunt Himself and have an “I’m better than you” attitude. He left that to the Pharisees, and we see how that turned out. Christ came to die for us, for everyone not just because He wanted or had to, but because He loves us. Jesus Christ loves us. The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Creator of the Universe, the Kings of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, came to this earth and died a death He did not deserve nor ask for. He did because He loves us. He loves them too.

As the video shows, they know something is missing inside of them. They know there is more to this life that what there appears to be. They know we have the answer. They are crying out to us, to show them how they too can have this thing, this Person that we have. They too want to see this God of ours. We need to stop just telling them about this of God of ours and start showing them who He really is. We cannot keep trying to change them by judging them. To be honest, would you listen if you were being judged? I wouldn’t. We need to be there for them, to love them, to show them what unconditional love really looks like.

They need us. However, most importantly, they need the thing, the Person, that we have…Jesus Christ and His gift of salvation. It is just that simple. So now I ask you, when’s it gonna happen?

Andy Catt

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