If, as Christians, we want to lead others to Christ, we must first and above all else, reflect Christ’s love.
Nothing we say will matter in the least if we aren’t reflecting the amazing, unconditional love of Christ. When we reflect Christ’s love, we can’t help but be joyful servants, which in turn builds trust and opens the door to a relationship and deep conversation.
If we want to lead others to Christ’s saving grace we must follow Christ’s example:
1. He loved us first (1 John 4:19) (Galatians 5:14 & Matthew 5:44)
2. He made an ultimate sacrifice, even while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8)
3. He served sacrificially (Mark 10:45)
4. He leads by example (John 10:37)
5. He dined with sinners and built genuine relationship and trust (Matt 9:10-13)
6. Then the questions came which opened the door to personal teachings
It’s His love for us, the sacrifices He makes and the selfless relationship he seeks that draws us to Himself.
As a church, and people of God, we must be aware of the fact that for generations we have been doing the opposite and turning people away from God. We’ve too many times reflected the ways of the Pharisees instead of Christ.
Therefore, we must be mindful every day of who’s example we are following...Christ’s or the Pharisees.
““The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either. “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell you yourselves are! “Blind guides! What sorrow awaits you! For you say that it means nothing to swear ‘by God’s Temple,’ but that it is binding to swear ‘by the gold in the Temple.’” Matthew 23:2-4,13,15-16
“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Philippians 2:6-8