Perhaps you’ve seen the lists, BuzzFeed or the like, with photos of jobs done horrifically (and often hilariously) wrong. A package of bananas priced as peaches. An aisle of wine labeled “Water.” A door marked elevator when it actually leads to stairs or stairs that lead to a dead end or nowhere at all.
Seemingly simple jobs can be tragically performed.
These jobs aren’t meant to be hard, but people get distracted. By shuffling sequence or priorities, we make mistakes. Sometimes really, really big mistakes.
Recently our daughter heard me sharing the Gospel with a friend. This friend and I have had several conversations about faith and religion, about truth and morality. Ellie had taken some time to process what she heard, and she had a question for me.
“Mom, are you trying to make Mr. Anderson a Christian?”
I turned to face my girl.
“No, baby. I’m not trying to make Mr. Anderson a Christian. That’s not my job. We can’t make anyone a Christian. We can’t make them believe. Only God can do that. Our job – our only job – is to speak Truth and be kind.”
As Christians we have one job. Sadly, we often dissect that one job into a million rules and “have-tos” and the result is a single job done horrifically wrong, tragically performed. And not at all funny.
What is our one job? To glorify God.
And how do we glorify God best? Speak Truth and love others.
Speak Truth. God is real. He loves us. He has a plan for us, but sin separates us from Him. We are all broken people, and He loves us still. He wants to redeem us, to bridge the chasm between us with grace. We need only believe that He has offered a bridge through His Son, Jesus, the Messiah and Savior of the world. God is good and His grace never runs out.
Love others. Whether they accept and believe that Truth or not. Whether they’re kind to us or not. Whether or not they live the way we think they should or in accordance with our understanding of God’s instructions. Love them no matter what. This is how we show God that we love Him: by loving others.
Our job is not to guilt or shame people. It’s not to persuade or debate or argue. We aren’t called to arrogantly offer pithy remarks or memes or type “Amen” in the comments of silly graphics. We don’t need to beat people over the head with Bibles. We don’t need to correct their ethics or morality to match our understanding. And politics? No. Discussing politics from a “Christian perspective” likely does more damage to the Gospel than good! We are not called to judge or correct. We are not called to police or condemn. We simply need to speak Truth and be kind.
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this:
‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these.”
— Mark 12:29–31
Billy Graham once said: “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge, and my job to love.”
There is certainly more to the jobs of the Father and the Holy Spirit, but I don’t know that there’s much more for us. Love God first. Love others second. Be kind to ourselves. Speak Truth when granted opportunity.
Let’s not mix up priorities or sequence. Let us not get distracted by less important details or pursuits. Let us do our one job well.