Intimidating or Inviting?
It has happened to all of us at one time or other:
Someone enters the room and we instantly are drawn to that person or somehow dislike them, right?
They are either intimidating or inviting.
What makes the difference?
We see in Jesus' life that He comes "in HIS FATHER'S NAME." He "enters the room" to please
His Father, NOT those "in the room." Actually Jesus even says, "Your approval MEANS NOTHING
to me!" speaking of the religious leaders of His time.
So, what do WE glean from this insight into Jesus?
1. Human approval means nothing to Him
2. He enter's in His Father's name
3. He makes "every effort" to please God.
Now: What about us; you and me?
Perhaps we need to rethink our relationships/friendships.
Are we needing/desiring approval from others or do we enter another's life with the thought of
making every effort to please God in the friendship? Do we enter in HIS name, for HIS glory? Do
we make "every effort" to please God in the friendship? Can we say with John the Baptist, "HE must
increase; I MUST decrease?"
The more we enter and interact in other's lives IN HIS NAME, the more the 'spotlight' is on HIM....
less on us.
Now THAT'S inviting, not intimidating!! John 5:41-44
With an open invite,