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Don't Point People to Jesus

In life we come across people who are dirty, bruised, broken and cut
up by the world. Some choose to be that way and others are a product of
a fallen world. Most of the time we see them and we stop to help, doing
what we can. We might tell them about God, how He can heal them, how
Christ came to save them, where to look and what to say to find Him,
but then we leave.

Instead of picking them up off the street and
showing them a physical/visible manifestation of God’s Grace through
our actions, we simply tell them the best way to begin heading in His
direction.

Do you ever see Jesus, in the Gospels, witness to people the way we do? Giving them the best formula for salvation?

There
is a story about a broken, short, dishonest man who Christ happens to
see in a tree as He is coming into town. When Christ looks up at him,
do you recall what He says? He essentially says:”Come down. I’m going
to your house for dinner.” Jesus doesn’t look up and say, “If you were
to die today would you go to heaven or hell?” Why do we make the Gospel
un-relational?

Perhaps Christ knew that investing Himself in the
lost was more important than a regurgitation
of a formula for salvation. Perhaps Christ knew that people don’t crave
formulas. They crave healing, peace, grace. They long for something
bigger than this world, bigger than themselves.

Now we can tell
these people where to find this healing, where to find this peace, but
is that what our calling truly is? Absolutely not! So why would we
rather tell people about Jesus instead of showing them Jesus? Why do we
expect a lost person to gladly accept our invitation to church, when we
know how intimidating it is for believers to walk in for the first time?

Instead
of inviting people to us—where we feel comfortable—why don’t we go to
them? Not with the goal of getting our idea of eternal life explained
in one five-minute conversation, but rather with the intention of
picking them up, dusting them off and walking with them.

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As we
walk with them, we can share the beauties that are held in the grace of
Christ. We can share how He changed us. We can show them what Jesus
intended for all of us, by lovingly serving them.

What if we got
off our butts and walked with the lost towards our Savior instead of
simply pointing them in the right direction. We are called to be men
and women who lead people to Jesus, not point the way.

Today may
we seek out the broken, the bloody, the bruised. May we pick them up,
dust them off and walk with them, all along the way telling them about
our Father and showeringthem with His Love.

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