One of my favorite questions I like to ask believers is this: “Tell me about the moment you fell in love with Jesus?” I’ve heard some amazing stories that truly touched my heart. With every testimony I found myself saying, Wow! How great is our God! The Lord just recently opened my eyes to the most fascinating part of my query. He showed me the common thread in each love story. Each person I spoke to shared that their introduction to this relationship began with them hearing about Jesus.
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17 .
There was a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She spent all she had going to various doctors but instead of getting better she got worse. When she heard about Jesus, she sought Him out in a crowd. She thought if she could just touch the hem of His clothing she would be healed. She did and immediately her pain and bleeding stopped. See Mark 5:25-34
The woman with the issue of blood, heard about Jesus and this led not only to her healing but to a face-to-face encounter with Him. Jesus Himself called this once bound woman and social outcast, Daughter and a woman of faith before a huge crowd. Do you see the pattern? Faith comes by hearing the word about Christ. Speech precedes hearing. You have to speak in order to be heard.
A Word that Saves
The apostles were warned not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus Acts 4:18-20. Those who opposed them witnessed the power of that Name yet they commanded Peter and John not to speak it. Why does the world fear that Name being spoken? Perhaps it’s because the name of Jesus brings life, change and a freedom that cannot be manipulated or contained. Every time Peter and John testified about Jesus’ death and Resurrection, souls were saved, lives were changed, the sick miraculously healed. Ordinary men and women became extraordinary upon being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Apostles built up the kingdom of God simply by testifying to those who were before them about Jesus.
They spoke about it, wrote about it and lives were saved and forever changed because of one name….Jesus.
When you’re in love that person becomes the center of all of your conversations because they’re inside your heart. You can’t stop thinking about them and talking about them. You just want to share your joy with whomever is willing to listen to you. Are you in love with Jesus, the apostles certainly were. They believed so strongly in this love that they were willing to endure persecution and face death just to share that love with someone else.
As believers and ministers of Love we have an opportunity to play “cupid” in this epic love story. Just lift up the name of Jesus into the hearing of others and He’ll do the rest. Your love mission, if you choose to accept it is this: To share the unfailing love of Jesus to every person God brings in your path. Talk about Him, write about Him, find that moment to drop that name into someone’s hearing. You can be as creative as you want to be with it. I wore a “You Need Jesus” t-shirt and boy did that make for some interesting conversations about Jesus. 🙂 So if we are to be ministers of love, if we’re in fact in love with Him then , what should proceed from our mouth? That word that led to our falling in love with Him. That name that is above all names, the only name that saves, sets free, builds up faith and heals completely…Jesus.
Do you remember when your first fell in love with Jesus?
We’d love to hear your story. 🙂
-A Kingdom Princess