Sunday, November 25, 2012

Holy Days With the Unholy

It’s that time of year. The time when we get together again with the ones we never chose to get together with in the first place – our families. In my family our proximity is sometimes only physical. There are deep divisions. We disagree about politics and religion. And, in my family, that doesn’t leave much else to talk about.

My family is not unique in its disagreements. We all know what’s coming. It’s a good idea to plan ahead now. How should we love the ones we don’t see eye to eye with this season?

1.  “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John Maxwell
-   God did not call you to win arguments. He called you to win people.

2.  “Without Me you can do nothing” – Jesus
-   You cannot fill the shoes of the Holy Spirit. You cannot convict your family of their sins. You cannot remove their spiritual blindness.
-   You can only be fruitful if you cultivate your relationship with Jesus (John 15). You will help your family most by drawing close to God through prayer and study/meditation. Then they will know that you have been with the Master.
o  Those who have been with Jesus are shiny and salty. Shiny people expose dirt. Salty people make others thirsty. When you come around does the demand for clean water increase?

3.  “Speaking the truth in love” – Apostle Paul
-   Don’t give in to the temptations of silence or meanness. Don’t just live the truth – speak it. And don’t just speak the truth – live it.