Chronicle of faith: how to direct someone to God? | Community
As you think about how you want to get involved in meeting the needs of injured people locally or around the world, remember the description used by one of Jesus’ closest friends: “During the time that he was in Jerusalem, on the days of the Passover feast, many people noticed the signs he was showing and, seeing that they were pointing straight to God, committed their lives to him. (John 2:23)
How can we be sure that what we do will draw people into an intimate, personal relationship with God?
First, we must develop a clear understanding of the kind of actions that “point straight to God.” Remember, God is defined as love.
Therefore, deliberate and intentional acts of love become our best chance to manifest Him in a tangible way.
As I’ve shared with you before, Gary Chapman in his book “The Five Love Languages” does the best job I’ve seen of clearly and practically describing the five ways people love to be loved.
The intriguing challenge is to be caring enough to find out what another individual’s “primary” love language is, so that person can actively feel loved in the area most meaningful to them.
Once we are equipped with the knowledge of how to strategically love others in meaningful ways, our next task is to develop an ongoing, mindful awareness of our opportunities to love others.
May I suggest that developing an awareness of God can help to develop an awareness of the loving needs of others?
A friend of Brother Lawrence in Practicing the Presence of God, records letters he received from his friend in a monastery that describe how developing an awareness of God requires intentional practice. It will take practice to develop a consciousness of God.
We are busy people who are often only aware of God on Sunday mornings or when we pray at mealtimes.
A practiced and conscious awareness of the God within us will enable us to be attentive to his promptings to respond to the myriad needs of love in the various interactions of our daily lives.
Can you see the needs of others without promptings from God? Of course you can.
It’s hard to describe the difference between doing a good thing because it’s a good thing and doing a good thing because you know it’s an opportunity designed by God himself. I think you will notice and appreciate the difference.
The final element of this adventurous life is courage. Courage is doing the right thing despite your fear.
Fear of failure and fear of rejection have “spoiled” our opportunities to love others since the beginning of time.
If you decide to realize what love is and if you are ready to love strategically and intentionally under God’s direction, prepare for a life of meaning and fulfilled purpose that is part of your original design. .
Are you ready to start pointing?
Dr. Jerry Duncan is a Board Certified Psychologist and Licensed Minister who resides in Norman.