The Bridge is Out! Part II
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. “
I wrote a page for Inscription weeks ago regarding the sharing of our faith. It was difficult to write and borderline confusing at best, and yet I knew I was led to write it. I say that meaning that it’s very hard to relate one experience with another. I can’t tell anybody that the way I witness to people is correct while saying any other is wrong. The fact of the matter is that when we make ourselves available and present, God alone will use us in the circumstance we are meant for. We just have to strive to be exactly that to Him… available and present.
I came through this week with one of the best compliments of my life. When a man I’ve known for a while said to me “I wish I had your understanding and faith.” I responded thankfully and went on to tell him how he could too. I tried to extend the Good News to him, but I honestly wasn’t sure if that part sunk in, or if it was even my path to speak to that point. At first, I was very discouraged. Why would God allow this person to see what I was and who I believed in only for him to withdraw from such an amazing compliment with no explanation? The answer came to me in this scripture…
I was recognized by someone as a person who loves. I was looked upon based on my actions that I was something different than what this world normally presents. This man saw something he probably hadn’t seen in quite some time. To anyone struggling, as we all do, that alone would be reason to doubt, question and possibly run from the situation. Yet he chose to say a few words based on what he saw. He chose to take a “first step” towards something.
The fact of the matter is that even though my words may not hit home immediately, I believe that because I loved as Christ does, I was recognized by it. If I was recognized and a person noticed then there is already a change started. As I said it caused the first step. We won’t always see a person through an entire process that finishes in glory, yet we are still a vital link in that chain. So in that let us be known by what this scripture reads in the words of Christ Jesus. In that image let us all love, be loved and allow ourselves to be recognized as disciples in Him.
I thank Jesus for the opportunity to even play a small part in a person asking one small question. I give Him the glory as it is naturally not of me.