WARNING PREACHY… (preaching to the choir)
In his excellent book Six Word Lessons to Discover Missional Living, Dr. DeVries wrote in the fourth chapter “Love people until they ask why.”
In 1994 I moved to N.J. for work and I met a young family that basically adopted me and gave me a segregate family since mine was so far away. I was a 23 year old kid from Detroit and yet they still took me in as one of their own. Even to this day I am amazed that they loved me as they did. They loved me because they were Christian and through their love I saw clearly the reality of Jesus and I became His disciple. All these years later I’m still amazed because it could have gone badly for them as I was quite rough around the edges if the Jesus bit hadn’t stuck. I never needed to ask “why” they loved me but because they did my life was radically transformed with a visible demonstration of Jesus.
I’m personally challenged by DeVries’ fourth lesson as I know that the love of Jesus is sacrificial in nature and I struggle to love others as He first loved me. So I suggest that you get a copy of DeVries’ book as it is sure to challenge you to develop the mind and mission of our Lord.
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