Does your presence draw people to God, or away from Him?
This question really, really challenged me to think about everything I do—how I dress, what I say, where I go, what I listen to, what I’m known for…I mean EVERYTHING!
Have you considered the effect of your presence on those around you?
When I was contemplating this, I considered the following statements:
An angry countenance invites a fight;
Revealing clothing invites sexual desire;
Sharp words cause pain;
Flaunting wealth invites envy;
Even anxiety sends a message, like…God can’t be trusted…
You see, if we truly want to have a persona that invites others to know God, we should think about what message we are sending by our words, actions, dress, the things we post on social media, etc. Do we want others to see God more than they see anything else about us? Ah, my friend, there is nothing BETTER we can share with others than how to have a close relationship with God!
When God dominates our presence—we invite desire for Him.
Our beauty, wisdom, or strength become an invitation to God’s beauty, wisdom, and strength. The love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, and goodness from God’s Spirit, invites others to experience His marvelous presence. I often tell people that I have very little to offer them—without God.
But when God is Lord of our life, our life is an invitation for others to drink from His deep and satisfying well.
Our life can be an oasis in a culture starving for God. Amidst the striving, unrest, and dissatisfaction which pervades a society driven by self-fulfilling emptiness, the soul at rest in Christ is an oasis. We can offer to share a place of refuge for the weary world. Jesus said:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
The Bible encourages us to be “imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us.”(Ephesians 5:1-2a)
When we are Christ-like, our presence is an invitation for others to experience His supernatural—peace, love, compassion, wisdom, joy and strength.
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Thank you for being an invitation to love God!
Thank you, Ronda! You are such a blessing!
Thanks deeply for elaborating it bought clarity! God bless you.
So, all that is mentioned is true in word and in line with God’s Word. My question is: are we able to show God’s love to others without divine intervension i.e. receiving the ability to express such love? Meaning, by intent alone, we are incapable of reflecting true unconditional love..the love Jesus showed us. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit are we able to reflect this love..not so?
The Bible says that God is love. We are created in His image. I can tell you from my experience that I love much more unconditionally when God is loving through me. 🙂
thanks I did talk to me