The Rev. Scott Murray
What does is mean to love one another
like Christ loves us? Where will it take us?
There was a woman who moved to America from
Africa, Maria was from Angola, and she was always laughing, sparkling
in her faith. Love overflowed from her. One day she went to meeting
on evangelism. All kinds of strategies, pamphlets, statistics
were distributed to all. Much time and thinking turned to figuring
out the best way to get people into church.
At one pint, someone turned to Maria. As the
church in Africa is growing leaps and bounds, they asked her what
they did back home. What was their "methodology"? After
a moment's thought, she said, "we don't give people pamphlets
or do missions. We just send one or two Christian families to
live in a village. And when people see what Christians are like,
then they want to be Christians themselves."
The bottom line of Christianity is how much
you have loved others in the image of Christ. It is relationship.
Relationship is the web which strings together the universe. As
St. John of the Cross said, "When the evening of this life
comes, we shall be judged on love."