george hancockstefanA couple of weeks ago during my flight to Kansas City, I was praying for all kinds of people that came to my mind, including the person that was seated next to me. In my mind, the conversation with God went something like this: If you really want to bless this person why don’t you start speaking to this person and blessing her by mentioning Me.  You really do not want me to do this.  You know, God, some of us are not doing you any favors by pushing our message on other people.  

As I was holding this internal discussion with God, I was relieved when the person seating next to me, arranged her pillow and started dozing off.

My conversation with God continued:  What would happen if I proceeded with you as I dealt with my servant Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist?  You remember that story well.  I brought him this great news that he will become the father of a son at an advanced age and he did not believe me and he could not speak until his son was born!

He brought forth another example. There was another prophet who was told to go to a particular place and after he spoke to turn neither to the right nor to the left. Someone mislead him and he turned off his road and when he continued his journey, I sent a lion on his way and he perished.

The Lord Jesus tells us that we are his disciples if we obey what He tells us.  When I hear this inner voice of the Holy Spirit and I am disobedient, I cease being the disciple of the Lord.

The same Lord who asked us to obey his commandments also gave us a new commandment and that was to love one another as He has loved us.

The message of the gospel is driven by love.  I think that I am commanded to love all the people first.  This becomes of utmost importance – to love a person even without saying anything to them.  Secondly, out of that divine love that God has poured into my life for that person, I should communicate with them without making them feel that I am imposing on their time of relaxation.  Thirdly, I should not communicate the gospel feeling that if I do not communicate this gospel, the Lord will strike me with his lightning and thunder.

Yet, I do remain convicted that if more of us would be willing to talk about the goodness and love of God, more people will become aware of what great love He has for each one of us.