Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just A Thought From College

This week I am doing something a little different. I wanted to share with you a FaceBook post from my cousin. He is a recent high school graduate and just began his freshman year of college. This post touch me so and really caused me to think.  My prayer is that it will do the same for you. Thank you Josiah Robinson for allowing me to share with our readers!!!
 
 
Just a thought from college. I know it's lengthy, but stick through it and comment your own thoughts, I'd love to hear them.

I've lived at college for right at a week now and have already overheard horror stories of overbearing, condescending Christians. "They think they can damn everyone with a different lifestyle straight to hell." (That's an actual quote)

Let that NOT be said of us, myself ...definitely included. I'm called to love God first, then my neighbor next. (Mark 12:30&31) How can I lead them to the love of Christ when I become the mascot for hate?

Jesus never stood at a synagogue and wagged his finger at those who weren't there.

Jesus met people where they were.

He met people over food & drink, over a healed loved one, over a loving conversation. He did so with a heart of love, as I am called to:
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 ESV)

Jesus also approached these people differently to reach them. He spoke to Pharisees about the Mosaic Law and their corruption of it. But when talking in large crowds he used parables of common objects like salt, light, sheep, rebellious sons, seeds, beggars, virgins, and Samaritans because everyone understood those images.

Paul modeled this perfectly, he talks to Jews about the law because it reaches them. But when speaking to Gentiles the law is useless. He understands and relates to others to lead them to Christ:
"To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings." (1 Corinthians 9:20-23 ESV)
Paul met people where they were, and I have to as well.

Jesus understood and related to people, that's why his message was delivered with such sincerity and power. That's why it was effective. I must learn a heart before I can help lead it closer to Christ.

So let me NEVER compromise or change the Gospel, but let me change how I deliver it. I should NEVER be brash, coarse, argumentative, pious, hateful, or condescending. I SHOULD be loving, understand, patient and Christ-like.

I challenge you to do the same.
 
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3 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Very well said. I am interested to know where he is in College. Even when older followers of Christ are placed in places they never dreamed The Lord would place them you might find yourself in the same situation. NEVER TO COMPROMISE, LIVING BY THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST, FINDING IN THE SIMPLE THINGS OF LIFE UNIQUE WAYS TO PRESENT GOD'S LOVE :) Pamela Britt Malone

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  2. I am so proud of Josiah. He is an awesome young man who has been in church since a few days old. He is totally dedicated to God and everything he does is centered around that. Will not surprise me if he does not go into the ministery some day. Thanks for sharing Beth.

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