If you are a Christian, isn’t there supposed to be evidence of God working in your life? Aren’t there supposed to be moments of great significance? Life-changing stories of how everything turned around in an instant? Aren’t Christians supposed to have dramatic testimonies that stir other people to place their faith in God?
The answer to most of these questions is “yes”, but what about when we feel that this isn’t the case? What if you’ve been believing and following Jesus as a Christian, but can’t really identify significant moments or ways that God is working in your life? What do we do then? Our tendency can be to look selfishly at ourselves, measuring God’s work based on what we want to see happen. I want to suggest that, according to scripture, our capacity for seeing God work in our lives is based on our willingness to love. Love, as Jesus expressed it, is not defined by race, social status, occupation, denomination, or political stance. It is pure and unfiltered love; it is unconditional.
In Matthew 22:37, Jesus gives what he calls the greatest commandments of all. He says these commands are so great that all of the law hangs on these two things: “Love the Lord your God with all of you heart, soul, and mind. The second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.” This is a huge insight for how to view God’s active work in the lives of people. It can show others the very character of God. Here’ how:
If Matthew 22:37 is true, and I believe that it is, then it means that each and every one of us is uniquely equipped to love others in a way that draws them to Christ. Our past experience in the truth of relationship with Christ is not meaningless. It is a means by which we are able to understand and love people who may have experienced the same. This idea is amazing to me. As humans, we tend show love toward others in the same way that love has been shown to us.
Today, if you’re unsure about where God is working in your life or if He even is at all, I encourage you to think back to what drew you to God in the first place. How did you first decided to believe in Christ and then follow him? Next, find a way to show that unique first experience with God to someone similar to you. When we show love that others in similar settings can understand, the message of God communicates on a deeper and more relational level. That is love that just about anyone can understand.