Daily Archives: October 22, 2014
“I was afraid of you and would avoid you,” a colleague once told me who I worked with. Then I received those same comments from another person who attended the same church. Wow! I learned their feelings after I got saved. Even then, I was amazed at their words and even more that they avoided me because of fear.
I thank God for those whom I met along the way who represented Christ to the point I coveted what they had. They were not brow-beating me with a fire-brimstone message trying to force me to be saved, but they simply displayed love and devotion to God through their actions and deeds. Neither were they afraid to engage in conversation with me that included a broad spectrum of topics including faith.
We encounter people every day in the marketplace and we cannot be afraid to interact with them. We cannot become so holy that we can’t even hold a decent conversation with them because we use all of this religious jargon that repels and not compels. Love and kindness is what draws, not pious conversations that are steeped in condemnation.
You want to make such an impact that you love people to Christ. How do we love people to want to serve the Lord through business? How do we become that person of influence for someone to say that I want to live for the Lord? You may never say that you need to be saved, but your life speaks volumes that causes them to want to be saved. It worked for me!
We have to be that way in the marketplace where people covet what we have. Not because we are beating them down and not because we are even afraid to associate with them, but because we love them. Love and kindness have I drawn thee. God is calling for us to go out into the 21st century mission-field and draw them through love and kindness as we work heartily to glorify God as love-lights in the marketplace.
How loving is your light? Do your words align with your actions and deeds? Are you afraid to engage others in a conversation?.
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The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)
Not only under your master’s eye, as pleasers of men; but as servants of Christ, doing the pleasure of God from the heart; Doing your work readily, as to the Lord, and not to men: In the knowledge that for every good thing anyone does, he will have his reward from the Lord, If he is a servant or if he is free. Ephesians 6:6-8 (BBE)
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)
Father, Bless me to be that love-light You have strategically assigned for Your Glory. All who come into my sphere of influence, I will shower them with love and kindness as You do the drawing. Bless my actions and deeds to speak louder than my words as a powerful witness in the marketplace. Amen.