A young woman in my church recently shared her testimony with me. She agreed to let me share part of her story here. Her honesty is refreshing, challenging, and much-needed for our church today. My heart connects with her testimony and I hope the church is able to learn from her and her generation – they have much so much to offer! I would love to read your comments…what do you think? -B.
The place that I don’t find Jesus is in (most) Christians and churches. Jesus had compassion for the confused (Matthew 9:36). “Sinners” who don’t know Jesus love feel so judged and unworthy of love by all of the “shiny happy people” that they don’t feel they can walk into a church. None of us, not one, have “earned” God’s love or deserve it (Romans 11:6)! How are we making the lost feel welcome in God’s church? Jesus went out and sought the lost. He leaves the ones that he knows are safe and accounted for and deliberately seeks out the one who is not (Luke 15: 1-7). I hope that our church is heading in the direction of seeking God’s lost sheep. They [people in the church] will not succeed if they continue to present themselves as perfect people. People who are in a dark part of life don’t want to hear the “shiny happy people” brag about how great their lives are and always have been (Proverbs 25:20). The lost need love and compassion and understanding, rather than being bombarded with all the things that they are doing wrong in their lives and being told that they must first change their ways to come to church, or come to church for the purpose of someone else changing them. I believe if we show God’s love and compassion to people, Jesus will reveal himself to them; when they find Jesus they will, in turn, live their lives for Jesus also (Phil 2:13). God’s word has been working in my life as I have matured as a Christian, but I know I would have been too stubborn to listen if someone gave me all the rules first, before I had a relationship with my Savior.