Jesus made it clear that his disciples should be known for one thing. This one thing is not church attendance, Bible reading, praying, or baptism. Putting money in the offering plate doesn’t count toward this one thing, and neither does going to confessional.
What Christians Should Be Known For
Jesus said, “By this [one thing] everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35).”
To many Christians, this is a revolutionary topic. This is something they have never thought about before. Therefore, let’s define exactly what love is according to the Scripture.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
How does your life measure up to this one thing that Christ wants you to be known for? What areas do you need to work on to strengthen your love for others?
Over the next year-and-a-half, God is challenging us as a church to devote ourselves to showing our community and the world around us the full extent of His love. This goes beyond blessing those who persecute us, praying for the lost, and repaying evil with good.
God wants us to be intentional about showing radical love to our community. Therefore, I am challenging every single person in our church to be part of a servant evangelism project. I no longer want us to just talk the talk. I want us to walk the walk.
I want us to show the love of Christ in a tangible, practical, and useful way. Below are some ideas:
- Soft Drink Give-away – “Hi, do you like regular or diet?” Buy some name-brand drinks, and place the connection card under the opener. This is an excellent way to refresh somebody on a hot day.
- Bottled Water Give-away – “Hi, would you like a bottle of cold water?” Iced down bottles of water in a large cooler as an alternative to a soft drink give-away. Use the same connection card. (Matthew 10:42)
- Popcorn – Look for a community event, borrow the church’s popcorn machine, and give-away popcorn to a large crowd with a sticker on each bag saying, “Showing God’s love in practical ways.”
- Grocery Bag Loading Assistance – Moms with lots of kids hanging on them like koalas often need assistance getting their bags loaded into the car from the shopping cart. The elderly need the same sort of help. Wear your South Bay Bible Church T-shirt and asked the store manager if you can help his customers in the parking lot. Almost everyone tries to give a tip, but as with all kindness projects, the money would taint what you are trying to communicate: “God’s love in a practical package, no strings attached.”
These are just a few ideas to show God’s love in a practical way. Here is a link to 96 more ideas.
Love is contagious. Join me for next servant evangelism project.
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