There is something I have been thinking out about lately. And it’s what motivates us in sharing the Gospel.  Or what motivates us in just telling people about Jesus or talking about Jesus.

The first motivation is this thing that happens to a lot of Christians where they feel extremely loved by God.  Where something happens in their life that they either just acknowledge the truth of God, or they experience God in some way, and from that point onward they feel extremely loved by God.  And even if they don’t feel that way it is easier for them to hold on to that truth no matter.

So when they share Christ with people it’s because of this great love they have for God and from God. Not that some of us have less love from God, but I think we can all admit that for some people it is easier for them to know that God loves them a ton for some reason.

And so when those people share under that motivation, its like they talk about the perfect father, or even a  perfect best friend, or perfect lover, and the people hearing see that the person feels deeply loved by God.

Those people are awesome.  My sister Bridget is a lot like that.  I am pretty sure God Himself delivered her from the womb, and was like Bridget I love you.  And so for as long as I have known her she has told so many about Christ, because she literally treasures Christ above all.  And her sharing overflows out of a deep preciousness she has for God.  My dad is like that too and probably all sorts of other people.

The second motivation is when there is this heart connection we have with God.  We (as Christians) find ourself amongst non-belivers and we can’t help but love them deeply.  Something happens in those belivers that God changed their heart, or melted or whatever, that helps them look at the prostitutes, the sinners, and outcasts, and say I love you.

This is the category I find myself falling into more often. God does this thing in me that gives me the heart He has for people. And I feel this overwhelming love or brokenness for people that I can’t help but want to share the Gospel with them.  And let them know how much God truly loves them.

When these people share, the hearers, come to see this non-religious Jesus that loves them deeply.  My sister Rosemary and I are a lot like that.

Both motivations are just ways that God works, I think any person can and hopefully will have both motivations in their life when sharing Christ.  Because having both motivations keeps a balance in their life.

For some reason God wires people certain ways so that you might be a person that leans more on one of those motivations.  And that’s okay.  That might just be the many parts one body type of a thing.

We should ask God for both these hearts though, a heart that breaks for those without Him, and a heart that melts because of His great love for us.  Pray for those things.

I will end with two quotes of people that are expressing both these motivations.

A heart adored:

If you were my friend on facebook, you would write on my wall every second as if we were in love. Because, well, we are.

 But you love me more.

You are love and my stregth and my song. You are everything my heart longs for deep down in that aching pit that needs….

YOU.    -Bridget Gee

And a heart connection:

“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies.  And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay.  If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” – Charles Spurgeon

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