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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Where love is seen and felt, the message of the Gospel is heard.

from Dave Black’s blog on Monday:

2:55 PM Got a minute for a somewhat odd question? What do you love doing? Watching Monday Night Football? Eating Pizza? Blogging? Celebrating Christmas? Look at what Paul wrote in Gal. 2:10:

All they [the Jerusalem leaders] asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I have been eager to do.

Did you catch that? Paul was eager to help other people. He not only did it. He singled it out as the one activity in life he loved doing. To see how that worked itself out, read 2 Corinthians 8-9. Becky and I were talking about this just the other day. Where love is seen and felt, the message of the Gospel is heard. Paul made himself a servant to win as many people as possible. He loved, cared, gave, sacrificed, suffered, and eventually died to see the lost saved.

Is that your passion in life? Is it mine? I won't kid you -- there's a price to be paid for being a redemptive person. Get involved in the lives of other people and there will be pain. Lots of it too. Serve others and there will be opposition as well. Some of it will come directly from the pit of hell itself. Satan never gives up easily. But the rewards make it worth all the effort.

Friends, when you read this blog, I hope you can detect what my passion in life is. My goal is to be as totally other-oriented as I possibly can be. If that means waking up in the middle of the night and weeping, so be it.

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