- Religion and Philosophy
Morning Coffee with Jesus - August 8, 2012
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God.3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Rom 5:1-5) NIV
Greetings loved ones! Welcome to Wednesday!
Recently I heard a question on the radio that caused me to stop and think. The question was, “What sets Christians apart from unbelievers?” I have to admit, it was a good question and I’m glad the host of the radio show to which I was listening at the time, asked such an open-ended question.
As I thought about how I would respond to the question, I thought about how Jesus’ love for me brought me to salvation and how the love I have for others draws them closer to the Savior. So I decided that it was love that sets Christians apart from unbelievers.
As I continued to ponder the question I realized that love is not enough to separate Christians from unbelievers. It also takes hope – hope in the truth of God’s word that tells me that I will either be caught up in the air to meet Jesus face to face or, if I have already died, that my body will rise from the grave and catch up with my soul already in Eternity. Unbelievers have no such hope so, I surmised, THAT is what sets me apart from unbelievers.
But as the day went on, I realized that hope apart from faith in Christ Jesus is no different than a child hoping for a pony at Christmas. Faith is the “glue” that holds hope and love together. We have faith that Jesus rose from the dead and will one day come back for His Bride, the church. This faith causes us to hope in the resurrection and the life to come. When we realize what Jesus’ act of selflessness on the cross gained for you and me, it is hard not to love Him and then want to be like Him - loving others in return.
What I thought would be a short answer to the host’s question turned out to be a question that I pondered for the majority of the afternoon. It was not an easy question to answer but it was a question I will always be able to answer going forward.
So how would you answer the question, “What sets Christians apart from unbelievers?” One day someone may ask and what a perfect opportunity to share your love for Christ Jesus. Remember, you may be the only Bible the person has ever read. Be prepared!
Have a wonderful day in Jesus!