The Lord spoke to me today. He said “Many of my people are missing their calling.” I waited on the Lord a little more and He said “Many of my children are missing their call to LOVE.”
A late prophet who was very close to God’s heart often said “When you get to heaven the Lord will ask you one question- “Have you loved?”
So today I want to ask you “Have you loved?” Is love the main focus of your life? God is love. He asks us to love Him and our neighbors (others).
The enemy is very aware of our call to love and he intends to distract us from loving. Here are three things the spirit of distraction can make us focus on instead of love.
1. Defending our doctrine– When you get to heaven God will not ask you “Did you defend your doctrine?” I often feel like Christians do not know this. I read a Facebook conversation a while ago that somewhat broke my heart. A Christian youth pastor was arguing about doctrine with a nonChristian. I read threads and threads of “You are so wrong” and “How can you believe that!” I was brokenhearted because this other person did not leave the conversation A. feeling like he was loved and B. feeling like God loved him. There was no love at all. Just arguing. Just division. Just clanging cymbals. I knew God wanted me to pray for both ends of this conversation, that one would see their call to love and that the other would feel loved. I do not see Jesus arguing his doctrine in the Bible but I do see him loving people, helping people and healing people. I pray that if you argue your doctrine that you would stop and ask God if this is something that He wants you to do. Chances are high that it is not. Sometimes it’s easy to hide behind a computer screen and not see the other commenter as a real person, but they are a real humans with real feelings.
2. Bashing another denomination, church or pastor- This touchy subject can be a sin of spiritual pride but that is up to the Holy Spirit to convict, not me. Some call this bashing “speaking the truth in love.” We need to realize that not every ministry is the same. God has different purposes for different ministries. There was a ministry that people said believed a “prosperity gospel” so I got before the Lord and asked him. The Lord showed me that He backed this ministry and that they did not preach this because there was no such gospel. They believed a positive spiritual principal that other denominations did not understand and twisted. He gave me this verse “Blessed are you when others speak evil about you.” The people who were doing the evil speaking were Christians! They were patting each other on the back for bashing other groups. This ought not be so!
3. You decide if others are saved or not– You may even call them false. Some people decide that “someone believes this one part of their doctrine wrong” or “they don’t believe this” then they are not saved. Only God knows if someone is saved. You can see if someone has fruit but ultimately God knows the heart. There is a basic principal of truth verses lies. God spends all our lives replacing lies with truth. It’s how we grow as a Christian. It is part of our process to be more like Jesus each day. I am sure that almost every Christian in the world, has a lie that needs to be replaced with truth. If someone does not believe exactly like you do, please stop playing God for them. God weekly shows me things that I need to correct, work on, or lies that need to be replaced with truth. What has he shown you lately?
We are called to love every single person on earth. All of them. God took me through a process where He showed me I was not loving every single person on earth. There were a few people that I had to say – I don’t agree with everything that this person says or does but I do love them. How about the president? Do you love him? Did you know that you are called to?
The other day the Lord asked me to love my neighbor. He sent me to an old neighbors house who is normally drunk. He told me that He wanted to deliver the man and his wife. I was able to talk with them and pray with them and it turns out, the man was wounded by the church and turned away from it. He loves God but his wounds run deep. I think God is seriously going to use this man.
My dad was one of the best examples of everyday love I have ever known. My dad showed me everyday that someone does not have to be a pastor to be in ministry. Everyone is in ministry. In fact most of the people that we know that are the closest to God are not pastors, they are everyday people who know that their call is to love.