It never fails. When my family and I are eating in a restaurant, and we hear a waiter drop a plate and break it one thing happens every time. We look. It’s instinct.
Are you living the kind of life that causes people to notice whether they desire to or not?
Jesus teaches us how.
“A life that is genuinely rooted in love is always a head-turner.” – unknown
The american status quo teaches us that waiters don’t typically break the plates and cause a shift in the atmospheric ambience of the room.
The american status quo also teaches us that we live our own individual lives, focussing on our own priorities, and allowing others to focus on their priorities. We often times hesitate to show love or appreciation for someone – especially strangers – because we’re either too caught up in our own business, or we’re afraid of disrupting what we believe to be the other person’s priorities and/or routine(s).
But what would it actually look like if we took the initiative to set the focus off of our so-called ‘priorities’ and actually redirect them onto someone else?
This would result in a head-turning by the person you took the time to make feel special. This may even result in a head-turning of those in close proximity to you and your new acquaintance. This draws as much attention as does the piercing sound of a glass plate shattering indefinitely.
Is this why we do this? So that others can see how good of a Christian we are? No. Absolutely not.
We ought to do this simply because as Christians we are called to live lives different from non-believers. Jesus says, “your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35 NLT) God also commands us in Mark 12:31 to love others. “The second command is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
The reasons for why we, as Christians, are expected to love others deeply are endless. The bottom line is simply because we are to imitate Christ in everything we do. We are to live as a servant to our enemies.
The question, again, is: Are you living a head-turning lifestyle? Do you obey Gods command to love others? Would your friends attest to your answer?
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“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” (Ephesians 4:2 NLT)