How can you tell if someone just had a baby? Just wait—they’ll tell you.
How can you tell if someone just got married? Just listen—they’ll talk about it.
Of course they will say something! They have a love in their life that changes everything. It affects how they plan for their day, how they spend it and how they plan for their future! How could they not talk about it?
Jesus tells us that’s the kind of love that faith generates. God changes us. He changes how we see things, plan for things, think about things, and do things. He changes how we see the future. And it changes our priorities, our thoughts and our behavior.
When someone gets married or has a child, their relationships change. They have to.
When the Holy Spirit brings us to faith, relationships change, too. And sometimes people don’t like it.
Jesus tells us that when he becomes number one in our lives, there will be people who resent it. There will be people who don’t want to give up their place in your heart. They will want you to put them before God. It can cause friction and hard feelings or a rift in a relationship.
Then there will be the temptation not to bring up Jesus or church or religion. That’s one of Satan’s favorite tactics. It will starve your faith and it will keep your friends and family from hearing about God’s love.
But, when Jesus fills your life and your relationships, he brings new life and light to our friends and family too! “Whoever receives you, receives me, and whoever receives me, receives him who sent me.”
How can you tell if someone loves Jesus? Don’t wait. Just ask! Let’s strengthen each other by talking about the wonderful works of God. At least, it’s better than talking about the chaos, the confusion, the fear, and the division we hear all around us. At most, Jesus can lift us out of darkness of this sinful world and into his glorious light. Jesus is right here with us. Let’s share our Savior.
Matthew 10:34–42 (EHV)
34“Do not think that I came to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.
37“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
40“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. 42Whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink because he is my disciple—Amen I tell you—he will never lose his reward.”
God bless you,
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