When someone we care about doesn’t know Jesus, we might feel concern, confusion, impatience, fear, downright frustration. We might want the situation to change . . . yesterday. We might feel like trying to push a little—to try ourselves to initiate a change. We might want to try to grab for some control—as we become aware of how little control we have.
It’s clear from the words in this podcast’s message from Holy Spirit, He knows our unease, our ache for the people we care about who don’t know Him. He says it breaks His heart too. But what should we do, practically? What does God want us to do for these people we don’t want to lose?
Well, first, we must look to our King, Jesus, and remember that influence is always more powerful than force—even the most gentle kinds of force. And that a posture of love—of humility and empathy, kindness and patience—is the most powerful thing we have at our disposal. Because it is the Holy Spirit inside us that enables that posture—that enables us to be humble and understanding, kind and patient.
Two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul taught about the power of love—and his words are as relevant today. He wrote, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” That’s chapter 2 of Philippians, verses 3 through 8.
These verses are a great reminder of just how Jesus accomplished everything He accomplished. He didn’t use His power as God himself to force anything. Rather, He emptied Himself of His heavenly powers and relied upon His Father God and Holy Spirit to empower everything He did—just as we must. Our Father God and Holy Spirit empowered Jesus’ humility, his empathy, his kindness—and these characteristics made Him magnetic. These characteristics drew people to Him. These characteristics draw people to anyone who’s willing to possess them. Humility and empathy and kindness and patience are so rare in this culture—and they are enticing, captivating.
Listen to “How to Pursue the Lost Ones You Love.”