The time that we spend in the presence of others is meant to be influential. After all, God created us in His likeness; since He is a relational God, so too are we relational beings.
Whether engaged in deep conversation with a close friend, or simply overhearing a comment from a stranger in a checkout line, consciously or not, our minds will actively capture and process what we hear. And it is the trusted hand-pat on the back, or the sudden stab of an elbow on a crowded train that provoke an immediate response from us… it is natural for people to affect people.
A well-known youth minister by the name of Doug Fields said, “We have souls that thrive in the warmth of kindred spirits…God wired us this way.” He uses the rub between people to communicate matters of relevance. And this is not only achieved through our casual contact with one another, but also through a divinely inspired plan that is otherworldly, powerful, and strategic.
God’s primary message concerns His love for people and He counts on a perpetual chain of human influence to convey His love throughout the world. He could have burned an image of His beating heart in the sky, or whispered of His love through sound waves carried by the wind. But instead, God thoughtfully chose to communicate the most vital message in the universe to us, through us.
Sometime between A.D, 85–95, John the disciple wrote, “God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him”. John walked with Jesus. In fact, it was John who the Bible tells us laid his head on Jesus’ chest. He learned firsthand of God’s love.
John had been privileged to listen to the beating heart of Christ …and He was there when it stopped. He was persuaded through his relationship with the Lord to tell us of this great love. May we adopt this same sense of duty and purpose, because in all our relational endeavors there is no communication more powerful, or more relevant.
John 3:16 NLT For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 4:9 NLT God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal lift through him.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 10/18/2009 9:01 PM