When you hear the word “Christian” what thoughts or feelings begin to stir? Each of us have been molded in some way by this religious movement. Some have had good experiences, while others have seen the dark side and experienced the cold shoulder of Christianity. The world we live in today desperately needs the Good News of Jesus. Yet those that are non-religious seem unwilling to listen or care about what Christians have to say or have to offer. So how do we break the mold? How do we get our foot into the door of a culture that has cast us aside? I am reminded of the words of Jesus at the last supper.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35
The first Christian church had something that drew people in, something so powerful that it toppled governments, overthrew empires and changed the whole world. They LOVED. This is the foundation of Christianity but it is often the piece to the puzzle that modern Christians leave out. Jesus didn’t call us to live self-centered lives but to live in community, to live in love, to live for each other. Who we are and what we are begins and ends in love.
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
What this world needs isn’t more condemning, it does a great job of that all on its own. It needs something that will sink so deep into the bones people won’t know how to get it out. It needs love. So today I pray that we break the mold and that we love like Jesus loved, the kind of love that has no personal agenda, the kind of love that isn’t self-seeking. God let us love like You loved, pure and full of compassion.
Published by Andy Garcia
Photos by Gilbert Zertuche