Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rumor has it

It's true.  Sometimes I frequent the smoke shop.  Perhaps you've seen my car there.  Perhaps you've judged me under your breath.

What if I said I was buying for a friend?  Would you tell me I was wrong and that I was condoning her "sin"?
What if I told you she was dying of a terrible disease that would, sooner than later, land her in a nursing home at the age of 46 and smoking is one of the only things she enjoys?

What if I told you I think Jesus wanted me to buy her cigarettes?    Would you challenge my theology or question what Jesus I served?

Whether that's true or not isn't even the point.  The fact is that we can get so caught up in being right that we often render ourselves incapable of loving others.  And when it comes to others -loving them is the most important thing.

What if I said I know she sees more of Jesus when I show up and love her right where she is ?

a simple challenge:
Are people seeing Jesus in you by your actions towards others ?  or are you too concerned about their sin and smelling like smoke that you can't get out of your comfort zone and into their life?  

Loving others is the only way they will ever see Jesus through you.

Trust me when I tell you smoke shops and smelling like smoke are both way out of my comfort zone.

I just wanna be more like him.....

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  John 3:17