Published August 3, 2010

Shelia Shares....
"Motivations"

Recently we received an "Important Customer Service Announcement" from a supplier. It said, "We're changing our customer service hours. To serve you better, effective June 1st, we will be on the phones from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. We will be closed for lunch from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. every day. We hope we won't inconvenience you too much."

I read the announcement a couple of times, trying to understand. Will the change "serve me better" or "inconvenience" me? How can the same thing do both?

If the service announcement was sent to staff, then the closing of the noon hour would be "to serve you better." However, if the service announcement is sent to a customer like me, then the "inconvenience" is more likely from the noon closure.

As we approach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we need to put ourselves in their place. Is what we are sharing to their benefit, or do we approach it from our viewpoint and with our goals in mind?

Let me explain. If I share the Gospel, am I looking to gain members and attendance at my church? Am I looking to add to the number of people "I" have saved so I get the rewards in heaven? Am I wanting to bring someone to Christ so my life is more comfortable and I don't have to deal with someone who is miserable and, therefore, causing me problems? Why am I sharing the Gospel?

If I share the Gospel because of a love for people, it will be evident to the people to whom I speak. If I share the Gospel because I love the Lord, it will be apparent. If I share the Gospel because I truly am concerned with where someone spends eternity, my love and God's love will come flowing through.

If my motivation for sharing is to reach someone for Jesus, my approach will be directed by the Spirit and any credit to me will be secondary or not even in my mind.

Have you shared Jesus Christ with someone recently? If so, why? If not, why not?

- Shelia

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