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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Univeral Language of Love

Words can only carry so much weight. Sure to one person they can mean the world, but to the next person those same words can hold little to no value. And further still, when traveling to a foreign land the language in which all is familiar is then thrown away. He is emerged in a new culture, a new land, and a new language. At this point all the fancy words, intellectual dialect and vocab that was once so valued is worthless. He then feels hopeless, with no hope of communicating.Ever since the tower of Babel this is how it has been, and will continue to be.


This same feeling of hopelessness often times comes to visit me when i am witnessing. I feel as if i can not speak the same "language" as the person i am sharing Christ to. Somewhere in the air between me and that person my words transformed from something that made perfect sense to me, into something that my listener cannot comprehend. This has been posing a real problem for me lately as i have been attempting to witness to a specific girl in history. I use bible verses, biblical sayings, and ,yes, even Socratic logic yet none of which is translates in the way i intend it to be. All this to add up to the fact that my words mean nothing. What then is there to do? It has been said to " preach the gospel and if necessary, use words" and although this is true to an extent, actions alone - even righteous ones - are by no means a way of evangelizing.

In Luke 10:38-42 Martha invites Jesus into her home. Once inside she goes to go prepare her house for Christ, while Mary stayed at the feet of Jesus. Martha was upset that her sister was not helping her prepare the house but Jesus replied

"But only one thing is better; Mary has chosen what is better... "

The work that Martha was doing for Christ was by no means bad, but Mary was focused on something different, something that Christ valued much more than the service of Martha: It was attempt that Mary gave to grow her relationship with Him.

This same concept is to be applied to evangelism. Sharing our faith with others by works is important, don't get me wrong. But the human values something more than service: a relationship. Often when witnessing we share the gospel, show our good works, and leave. But what good is this? The human values nothing more than an honest relationship and the example or Mary and Jesus is to be taken to heart. Some may not understand our words, some may not understand the bible, some may not understand our actions but one thing that every human will understand from now until eternity ends is love. It is a universal language that all humans speak, the language that is wired into all of us. Witnessing to a fellow human is much more than just words and even actions. There is a reason that the greatest commandments revolve around loving Christ and loving ones neighbor (Matt. 22:37-40) God's intent is for us to share the good news and He created us to do so. Yet over time the human race has evolved to shy away from loving those who need it most. The only way a person can truly come to and understand Christ is that they first understand what it means to be loved. Agape. After all, God is love.


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