Vintage message from April 27, 1997.
The one thing we have to realize is that God is the One Who’s doing the work [drawing people to Himself]. Through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, He is already touching lives. He is already changing lives, and all He wants from us is to allow Him to use us to show people the love relationship that we have with Him. You know that’s the one thing that people really need to see?…What they need to see is how the gospel is effectively lived out in the life of a believer. If we’re living in sin, if we’re living like the world, then we are in no way being an example to a lost and dying world…God wants us to show that love relationship that we have with Him in a very real way to a world that needs that love relationship. And then, they will hear. Then they’ll listen…
It’s not what we believe should happen that matters. It’s that I love the Lord Jesus Christ, and I want to take every opportunity I can to share that with people. I want them to be able to see the love that I have for the Lord, and if they can’t see it, at least show them from God’s Word that they can have it. And that’s the bottom line for us: that everything we’re about, everything we do, should be done out of that love relationship. And then if we meet one person or if we meet fifty people, we can be effective in God’s Hands in showing people to love. Then we’re serving Him. Then He’s able to use us in a way that affects the hearts of other people.