Loving People vs. Needing People
I was recently blessed by a helpful insight from a friend. He was talking about how he cultivates a passion for evangelism, and he made the point that it is easier for him to feel a sense of urgency to tell his unbelieving friends about Jesus when he loves them rather than feeling like he needs them. That’s so true for me, too. I won’t talk about Jesus with my unbelieving friends if I’m more concerned about keeping their friendship or avoiding an awkward conversation than I am about their souls. However, if I rec0gnize that there is only one relationship that I “need”, and that is with Jesus Christ, then I will go to any length to honor Him and spread His gospel in my other relationships, even at the expense of their respect. I don’t have to be afraid about awkward situations, or even perhaps jeopardizing a friendship. Proverbs 18.24 says that “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” And unlike earthly relationships, a life devoted to developing a relationship with that God will satisfy us more deeply than any other life we can pursue. He is the only One that we need.