Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Go Ye….

Mat 22:37-40  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.   This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

We’ve been talking about spiritual thinking and how a difference in starting point is going to change the thought process and, therefore, the conclusion.  And, if you get several people with different starting points, they’ll have a hard tie understanding each other’s thought process.  One of the examples I used was Pastor Pete Wilson’s post about the changing nature of the population and the church.  He had indicated concern that his church and staff and others he knew were very much one culture.  I said here, last time, that I wasn’t concerned about the Cross Point churches and others like them.  Let me tell you why.

Look at the section of Scripture that started this post.  I recently tweeted the short form of that: “Love God, love people, in that order, and everything will fall into place.”  That’s the basis for everything for the true Christian.  First, we love God.  Because He loved us.  And once we accept His salvation, we can love ourselves for who we are in Christ.  And those things change our perspective about others.  If things are going well for brothers in Christ, we want to fellowship with them.  If they’re not doing so well, we want to minister.  And if they’re not yet children of God, we want to draw them into God’s saving grace.  And none of that is limited by race, color, education, economic level, or any of the other things that can separate us. 

I think about Acts 2 and Pentecost.  Jews from all over the world gathered in Jerusalem.  Most of them no longer spoke Hebrew, but the language of wherever they now lived.  I’m sure there were converts, some blonde, some Asian, some African.  Almost none spoke the same language as Peter, but that didn’t stop him from preaching the Gospel.  God anointed him in a unique way – they all heard him in their own native languages. And, because Peter didn’t hesitate, 3,000 were saved that day.  At that point, Peter loved God, loved people and kept it in that order.

And that’s why I’m not worried about Cross Point and the churches Pastor Wilson talks about.  Or churches like them.  They love God and love people, in that order.  If they haven’t gotten to all the people they potentially could, yet, just the fact that they’re concerned about that makes them usable by God.  It may take a little adjusting and a little time for some, but that’ll come, along with a whole new set of opportunities.  And new things that will give them new experiences of the joy of the Lord.  To me, that sounds like another reason to celebrate – a new explosion of the Lord’s reaching those who need Him.  I thank God for people and churches that have a heart like God’s heart and care about those God cares about.

Has your church reached its potential for blessing people and drawing them to God?  How are you helping with that?

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