What should motivate us to share out faith? The answer is love and obedience. The two go hand in hand. In fact, Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey my commands.” Our obedience proves our love. Today, we are going zero in on the motivation of love.
Love. Love should be the motivation for our witnessing. Our love for other’s lives and eternities should compel us to share the hope we have found. Here are 3 reason why we should be witnesses motivated by love.
1- God was motivated by love.
Since God’s motivation to come to us was love, our motivation to go to the lost should be the same. John 3:16 states clearly, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Why did God have Jesus crucified on our behalf? It was love. And that is our example. God would not stop at any length, including giving up his own child to reach us. Let us be willing to be radically selfless and compassionate as we reach out to unbelievers with the good news of Jesus.
2- Love has power.
Mediate on these truths from Scripture.
- “Love covers a multitude of sins” 1 Peter 4:8
- “Perfect love casts out fear” 1 John 4:18
- “These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
- “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6
Love is the most powerful force that God has given to us. We must ask Him to give us it in abundance because of the power it possesses. If someone has sin, love can cover it. If someone is afraid (or maybe you are afraid to share your faith), love can cast the fear out. It is the greatest virtue of all. As we share our faith, may our relationships and conversations be covered with love.
3- Love softens people’s hearts.
When we approach a friend or first time acquaintance with the Gospel, our approach is important. If we come across as genuinely interested in someone’s life and happy to be talking to them, it will go a long way. If we are willing to listen to their opinion and their questions, they will feel comfortable. If we show them that we are sharing Jesus with them because we really believe He can help them, they will be more willing to listen. Love helps us to avoid the traps of arguing with people or communicating with a dry, religious posture. Scripture states in 1 Corinthians 8:1, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” When love is our motivation to share Christ, people are more likely to open their hearts to Him.
A few months ago, my friend and I were sharing the Gospel with an atheist. This was our first time meeting him. As we talked, he asked, “Why would you guys come to me to talk about my faith?” I responded that we had come because we loved him and cared about his eternity. My response seemed disarming to him, and he willingly engaged with us for about 20 minutes. We respectfully listened to his perspective and shared truth with him as we were able. We did not convert him that day, but we were able to plant seeds and love helped open to door to the conversation. At one point he remarked, “It is not everyday you get to talk to people about faith like this.” It was clear he was happy we had taken the time to discuss spiritual truth with him.
As we close, I would like to pray for God’s love to motivation your witness.
God, I pray that you would fill us with your love. Your life is better than life. I pray that we would also be full of love for those in our lives who do not yet know you. Would you give us opportunities to share about the hope we have in you? May your love compel us and motivate us to eternity-minded and not earthly-minded. Thank you for your never-ending, unfailing love. Amen.