Upset the World
When we love God, we can love people.
A natural byproduct of loving God is friendliness, and friendliness upsets people’s lives. When God starts really washing you through and through, you start becoming nicer and kinder. It’s a result of being free.
When you love God, you also start doing good deeds for people. Proverbs 11:30 says, “The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends” (NLT).
When you’re friendly, you don’t have a lot of enemies. Proverbs 16:7 says, “When people’s lives please the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them” (NLT).
What is an enemy? An enemy is someone whose goal is to harm you. When we love God, it’s hard for people to be our enemies because we disrupt them so much with His loving-kindness. By loving them, we make it almost impossible for them to hate us.
When we love God, we become faithful not just to Him but also to the teachings of Jesus. John 8:31 says, “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, ‘You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.’” It’s easy to recognize disciples of Jesus Christ by how closely they endeavor to stick to Jesus’ teachings, even when their feelings say otherwise.
We need to be available to meet people where they are. Too many people believe the lie the enemy has placed in the world that Christians are hypocrites and don’t really care about people. “They’re just judgmental and hateful.” Let’s prove them wrong by showing people how much we love them.
Love was Jesus’ motivation for everything He did, and it should be ours too. Jesus came to upset the world, and if we’re going to be more like Him, then we need to be upsetting people.
Copyright © 2020 by Tim Ross