A special person who had much influence on my life has just passed into the presence of Jesus. He was looking forward to seeing his Savior and Lord whom he served for over fifty years. Ravi Zacharias had many sayings, but one that stands out in my mind and was a cornerstone of his ministry was; “love is the most powerful apologetic.”
This causes me to reflect on the life and ministry of Jesus. Ravi learned from Him principles that guided his ministry and how he was so successful in presenting the gospel in many different venues around the world. On one occasion, “a man ran up and knelt before Him [Jesus] and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”” (Mark 10:17). Jesus answered by quoting some of the Ten Commandments.
The man replied, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth” (20). Mark records something about Jesus that no other gospel writer gives us. “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him” (21). I have pondered this section of Scripture for a long time today and realized that in dealing with individuals who were in His path, Jesus’ love for them was behind every word and action.
I began to ask myself whether genuine love is motivating me as I serve each person. When I preach, do I really love each person I speak to? When I counsel persons, are my words coming from a heart of love for them? As I write these articles, is the love of Christ motivating what and how I write? His love flowing through me to them will determine my approach to each person and how they receive my act of service.
Will you ask these and similar questions of yourself?
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