It starts with love
He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you. Colossians 1:8
We all know what we are supposed to be doing. We know the reason that we, as God’s children are in this world. We know we are to share the love of God with those around us and truthfully, it shouldn’t be hard. So why does is feel like such an intimidating task at times? Why do we sometimes feel like we are going to be rejected if we share the greatest gift ever with others? Some how we have gotten the idea that if this gift is rejected, we are rejected. But that just isn’t the case.
I have heard the message of salvation presented in many different ways, but mostly, it is presented as an option rather than the gift that it is. You know, “You can choose Jesus or you can choose hell.” Or maybe it is presented like an ultimatum, “If you don’t choose Jesus you are going to hell.” Mostly in churches it is presented as both, “You are going to hell so you better choose Jesus.” While these statements certainly are true, it is not the most effective way to reach others. These approaches do not reflect the true heart of God’s love for all people.
Today’s verse is about Epaphras. He was the person who shared the good news of Salvation with the believers at Colossae. He was with Paul’s team representing these believers, in ministry with Paul. Epaphras kept in touch with the Colossians and reported their testimonies and the work that the Holy Spirit was doing there to Paul. These were not perfect people. I know this because nobody is perfect, but Epaphras had the consistent report that these believers loved people. They have the kind of love for people that is given by the Holy Spirit. How do you get that kind of love? By asking for it, of course. These people still had problems and still had issues. They were Christians in a persecuted world, but they were still bringing people into the Kingdom. Not because of what they should be doing and not because they were worried about feeling guilty if they didn’t. It was because they loved people. Here’s the thing, when you love people, you want to share the gift of Salvation with them. Not as a choice or ultimatum, but rather as the gift of love that it is. We have the good news, the best news there ever was and the good news is that we don’t have to live another day separated from our loving, kind, good, all powerful Heavenly Father. He made a way that we could be with Him in relationship right where we are today! Glory to God!
Today I want to encourage you to start with love. Before you go out looking for people to be a witness to, ask the Holy Spirit for the kind of love for people that only He can give. Pray for that love each morning as you prepare for your day. Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts of others to receive His love and begin to connect with others in your life with that love. God loves us and if we love others, the message of His love will flow freely from us!
Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 1:1-8