Change of Strategy

Dear Isabel,

This is yourself speaking. You seemed a little concerned, a little perplexed at how Christians and non-Christians think so differently. You appear flustered about how others will never feel the same way you do about God and about life. You look worried that people will never see things the way you do. You say to yourself ‘Oh, if only they could feel what I feel, then they would know that God is real. If only there was a tangible way or evidence of God’s existence.

Well maybe, you’ve got it all wrong. Intellectual debate and apologetics can only go so far. What the mind knows does not necessarily flow into the heart. Many theologians have studied the bible but never felt anything in their hearts.

Maybe you should change your strategy. Stop professing and saying that God is real because of historical and scientific evidence or philosophical arguments. Start living your life as an ambassador of God. We are the only bible other people read. Shine. Be a light. Sprinkle grace in every conversation, your words should be rooted in Christ, your thoughts should be pure. Let all bitterness and wrath go. Forget your excuses about ‘Oh I’m human and I fall short. I can’t help it’. The thing is you can, and because you are human, you have a choice. You have a choice to forgive and let go. You have a choice to be loving, kind, gracious, cheerful, hopeful, faithful. You were created in the image of God, you have His likeness, His characteristics, His inner morality about what is good and bad.

So change your strategy. Erase your plans. Start afresh, this time with the renewal of the mind and of the heart.

The only way others can see God is when they see you.

Love,
Isabel

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3 thoughts on “Change of Strategy

  1. True. Lifestyle evangelism is the most effective, but it will not be effective if words do not also accompany it, just as words and debates without living a life of grace and love will go only so far. Even though I have been a Christian a long time and am over 50 years old, I am learning more and more as I have recently gone out into the world and spend less time in church (not every time the doors are open), that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. That’s not to say that assembling together with other Christians in a local church is not important, but I have realized that I have spent far too much time with just Christians and not enough with those who need to experience the love and light of Christ.

    I look forward to your future posts.

    • Rene, you look younger than 50!!!!
      But yes you are right. God calls us to go out of our comfort zones and spend time with those who need God’s love, but it’s so hard sometimes! I really need His strength to be a better ambassador for Him

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