In a world of complexity, with a deafening stream of breaking information, we must recall the simplicity of Christ’s message. In all our technology, and self-pronounced wisdom, as we examine the teachings of Christ, we unearth a message of pure simplicity; Love God, Love each other. A concept so plain a child could grasp, it is the gift of a graceful God placing joy within reach of us all. But yet, as we gaze at our surroundings, is it this love that we see or the mark of indifference?
In the wake of tragedy, much like the recent devastating quakes of Haiti, we watch the world unite to supply much needed aid. It is beautiful to witness local officials turning away help, unable to accommodate such an outpouring. But this is easy, this knee jerk reactionary generosity with the world looking on. It is glamorous, full of adrenaline, and pulls the heart strings as the photos pour in on the cover of every paper, the opening of every news report, the lead story of every homepage. It is the quiet, enduring, everyday love in which we are in such desperate need.
Each day, we pass each other careful to avoid eye contact, quietly keep to ourselves as we stand in line, and barely converse with those laboring to sell us goods and services. We must consider every encounter leaves a foot print, a mark, regardless of how insignificant it may seem. Consider traveling to a city in which you have never visited. In addition to visual landscape, what would give you a feel for its general disposition? Most likely, your encounters with others would weigh greatly on your memory. The concierge at the hotel, a waitress at a restaurant, a man solicited for directions, all unsuspecting representatives of the town in which they reside and pivotal to your committed perception.
As followers of Christ, we must be ever cognizant that we are citizens of heaven. Christ speaks of no longer being part of the world; that we have been chosen to come out of it. We must ask ourselves, as ambassadors to the throne do the people we encounter feel the love of God pouring from us? Can they see something remarkable in the twinkle of our eye, the authenticity of our smile, or the gentle quality of our speech? Does the world stop in their tracks when we come along, startled by something they don’t quite understand? This is the gospel. Sharing Christ is not studying strategies and techniques and searching out the next guinea pig in which to practice. The spreading of God’s love is not accomplished with words, it is uncontainable. It’s like attempting to smother the beam of a flashlight under a blanket; somehow it shines, inexorably, through the fibers. As is the palpable nature of a soul in love with The Prince- inextinguishable, unmistakable, infectious…Love manifest.
John 15:17 NLT “This is my command: Love each other.”
Philippians 1:27 NLT “Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.”
Philippians 3:20 NLT “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”
John 15:19 NLT “The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.”