When I mention “Kitchen” your mind automatically goes into an involuntary action of setting up a kitchen. You begin to install the oven, food processor, plate rack, dish washer and whatever makes a kitchen. Now your kitchen is as beautiful or as basic as the best kitchen you’ve seen. Hahahaha 😁.
I like to believe that is the same way our minds go into action when the word “Believer” or “Christian” is mentioned. We bring up the picture of a believer we know and almost immediately, begin to remember how they’ve treated us or what we think about them.
The story I’m about to share with you actually shifted my focus to really think about what comes up in people’s minds when they mention my name and especially when they talk about me being a child of God. So to the story 🤓.
I sat in a cab, trying to replay the scenes of the outreach we had in church earlier in day. One of the most beautiful sights in life is leading someone to Christ. Standing there with them and actually hearing in your heart the rhythm of rejoicing in heaven as they transitioned from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s dear Son…
Ring ring…. there goes another passenger’s phone and that interrupted my thought for a minute. It was the classic and well known iPhone ringtone. I thought immediately, “That man uses an iPhone.” But he brought out his phone and it was a Tecno. I was amazed. Oh, how’s that even possible? 😄.
Well, let’s talk about an iPhone. So many things stands an iPhone out but it’s ringtone can be one of the most obvious. You stand with a stranger in the park and their phone rings off that iPhone tune and you’re already wondering if it’s an iPhone X or an 11 Pro Max. You don’t even bother thinking it’s another brand of phone.
But we are not iPhones. We are God’s children, His most priced possession. How can people tell we are God’s children when we are not singing psalms and hymns? How can they tell we belong to God’s family when we are not lifting up holy hands or speaking in tongues, when we are not doing the “deep things” of God?
LOVE! The word of God says your love for others is how people can identify and point you out in a crowd as a Christian. Oh, this is amazing! The first evidence of my belonging to God’s family is crazy love for others. So when people see love in display, they find that you’re the perpetrator. When you walk into a room, they know love in action, kindness on steroids just walked into the room.
Now the love we talk about here is not passive or laid back. If that’s the first thing people notice about you as a Christian, then it means your love is in work clothes. Ready love. Willing love. Putting other people first love. It’s present and continuous love.
An unloving attitude being displayed by a Christian is just as out of alignment with their nature as an iPhone ringtone doesn’t fit on a Tecno phone. Love always looks good on you. It is your ID. Hey look, I have love and I do love!
Love should be your first response to any situation and to any person no matter how difficult every other person think they are. The very air around you should be so thick with love. It is our nature. We don’t know any other way to live. When people sound us even with the most malicious intent, all we give off ever so loudly is the love of God on our inside.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5