Love Like Jesus Loved
Author’s Note: While looking through some old things, I found this post I had written almost a year ago, but never published. I know why I didn’t share this post, but now I think the timing is better.
Sometimes as Christians we forget why it is we should be doing the things that we do. It’s easy to become so focused on one goal, and loose sight of who we are trying to help. When we reach out and help people, our goal shouldn’t be to get them to come to church or to have them recite the sinners prayer. Our goal should be to help them and share the love of Christ with them.
I know what you’re thinking, “Josiah doesn’t want to see people saved.” That’s wrong, I do want to see people saved and brought into the Kingdom of God. But when you look at the ministry of Jesus, His goal wasn’t always to see them saved.Jesus loved people through His actions without expecting anything in return
Jesus, healed people and helped people over and over again in the Gospels. He made blind men see, He healed the leprous and he caused the lame to walk again. When people were hungry, He didn’t send them away, Jesus miraculously fed 9,000 people (feeding of the 5,000 + feeding of the 4,000 = 9,000 people fed). He loved these people through His actions without expecting anything in return.
“I don’t expect anything in return when I help people!” You don’t? A lot of Christians seem to fall into this category. You aren’t expecting the person you help to give you money, you aren’t expecting them to return the favor, but you are expecting them to become a Christian.
“But isn’t it good to want them to become a Christian?” Yes! Yes, it is so good to want everyone you ever meet who doesn’t know Christ to become a Christian, but that shouldn’t be your motivation to help them. Christ helped people because they needed help, without expecting anything in return, even their salvation. We are called to do the same.It’s more beautiful to help those in need, than to preach at those who don’t want to hear it.
If you go out today and feed the hungry, clothe the naked and shelter the homeless, and those people never come to church, they never read the Bible and they never say the sinners prayer, you have still shown them the kind of love that Jesus showed. It is more beautiful to help someone in need, than it is to preach at someone who doesn’t want to hear it.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the goal of the Samaritan wasn’t to get the man to come to church with him. His goal was to hep the man. He went out of his way to help him. Carried the man on his donkey to somewhere safe. He paid his own money to help the man. And he never once invited him to church. He never once led him in the sinners prayer.Christ gave out His love to everyone without expecting anything in return. We should do the same.
With all of this in mind, ask yourself, do you help people without expecting anything in return like Christ did? Or are you only showing the love of Christ so that they will come to church with you and get saved? Christ gave out His love to everyone without expecting anything in return. We should do the same.