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PERSPECTIVE

HARLAN REDMOND

Matthew 25:40

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

 One of Brennan Manning’s famous quotes suggest that “the greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny him by their lifestyle. [He suggests] that this is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

Words are an imperative when sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and his love. Sharing about what Christ has done for all believers on the cross, or merely sharing words of encouragement, can transform a person’s bad day into a good day. However, as we all know, words alone aren’t always enough. Imagine if a person told you they loved you every day, but when it came to acting out that love, they never actually showed it. What would you think of that person? Would you really believe that they loved you? The same goes with regard to Jesus. It’s hard to tell someone that Jesus loves them when the person is going through hard times. No one knew this better than William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, who walked the streets of London preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, homeless, and hungry. What he realized was nothing short of amazing; that is, when sharing the good news and love of Jesus Christ with the homeless, hungry, and beaten down, he needed to also show the love of Christ through his actions by helping them find food, clothing and shelter. Christ’s message of love and hope, if done only with words, usually falls upon deaf ears, but words of Christ’s love and his good news coupled with action helps the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear and the mute to speak of the wonders and beauty of Jesus Christ and what he’s done on the cross for all who believe.

QUESTION 1. How many of your friends know that you’re a Christian? For those that don’t know you are a Christian, why don’t they?
QUESTION 2. For all your friends and acquaintances that know you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, how many of them would say your lifestyle reflects Christ’s love towards others.
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to share the good news of Jesus Christ with your words, and to live a lifestyle that reflects those words of love through your actions.