He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret…. (Mark 7:24).
I often wonder how many people actually encounter Jesus when they are around me. This is a question that plagues me often. Truly, my deepest desire is that they would see the risen Christ alive in me and thus be drawn to His love.
The older I get the more I am drawn to people whose hearts have been captured by love. They’re the kind of people who go out of their way to make me feel special, offer a smile or encouraging word. I used to go looking for people who could help me get ahead in life, make me more influential and improve my status. Now, what I want more than anything is people who will love me for where I’m at in the present moment, in all of my messiness, as we journey together in the grace of God.
What made Jesus famous? One might argue that it was His ability to perform miracles or His authority that He had as a master teacher of Gods word. Although these qualities, I’m sure, played into His greatness, without love, they would have meant very little. There are plenty of people that I have met who can do and accomplish great things, but if they’re treat people poorly I quickly lose respect for them. I would much rather be around a person with a little giftedness and a lot of love.
I believe it was the way He loved that made Jesus truly unforgettable. But, what about you? Does the love of God spring forth from your heart so powerfully that people encounter Jesus when they are with you?
For a season in my life, God took away my platform. The method I had once used to “shine for Jesus” was now gone. The only thing I had left to do was to love like Him. Can I just say, in that season of life, I have never had such strong relationships be formed? Since His love was all I had, I did everything I could to live out of that place. Now that my platform is back, I long to connect to people in the same way. I want them to see and experience Jesus in me.
Lord, I want people to experience you when they see me. Help me to live in a way that shows them you. I don’t want to live any other way. Jesus, abound in me more and more, for your glory, I pray, Amen.