Monday, January 25, 2010

Let the Redeemed Say So

After some reflection, and soul searching, I've realized that it takes more than an inquisitive study to answer the questions I posed in my last entry. I've learned that it's not so much about the communication, but the way we communicate. After all, I should know this; it is my major. I've been asking myself, what am I really trying to get at, and the bottom line is that social networks started with a noble cause, to unite people, and we have turned it into a selfish and competitive online world. The unity we seek is instinctual; God wired us to seek equality with others, my concern is that we are trying to close the door on God/love's work and throw away the key. When human interaction is forgone, we choose our own way; we choose who we show love to. As a Christian, I'm embarrassed that I do this because that is half the battle: to share the love of God that is living within you with everyone.

I heard a sermon this past weekend that reminded me of this issue. The message was given by a student, and I will paraphrase what he said:

"How many times have you let life changing events, or daily life, stop you from showing love to others? How many times have you opened the door to God's love, but locked it away in a guest bedroom for the people you are fond of?

Making space for love is not enough. We need to usher love in as we would an old friend, and show them around the whole house, not just the rooms that you've tidied and cleaned. This is an issue in those who seek Christ; they think that they have to prepare themselves to be accepted by God, but that's not the case. Love, especially God's love, transforms us and we have to show God all of our lives, and we have to let his love permeate all that we experience."

Scripture says,"Most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be will to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God's sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God's condemnation." Romans 5:7-9

Therefore, I also believe that we, as beneficiaries of this love, should show this love to others. As we reference scripture, it also says," Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:12

So, what does this all mean concerning communication? It means that whatever you do it must be in love, and wherever God shows you there is a need you must serve it, because there is no guarantee that anyone else will have the same heart for the cause as you do. Whether you know it or not, those who listen to this selfless voice are doing God's will.