It seems that an easy street to energy is all the rage these days. There are energy drinks, energy bars, energy this, energy that. We want some magic formula to have the energy to do everything we are expected to do with enough energy left over to do everything we want to do. People are motivated to get their energy through all kinds of media _ anger, ambition, greed, power, self-glory, lust, and on and on it goes. However, if we want to impact our world for the cause of Christ then we must abandon all the above and switch to love because God-breathed love works best.
If it’s church growth we want, rather than scanning the internet for the latest gimmick we need to make sure we love people like Jesus does. Church we will never be able to reach the lost let alone win them to Christ until we love the lost. And we will never learn to love the lost until we really love one another. And we will never love one another until we truly love God.
When a person or a church lives a Jesus-style love, the world can’t help but notice. Fit’s been my observation that for every single person who comes to Christ for intellectual reasons, 99 come into the kingdom because someone loved them.
Now if you’re wondering what Jesus-style love looks like consider what Jesus told His disciples… “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) And for all the intellectuals out there looking for a definition read 1 Corinthians 13. But remember that Jesus-style love is not a passive verb _ it is all about energetic, loving action.