The Only Thing that Matters

Our main goal as Christians is not to make other people Christians.

Our goal is to love the world well. And if we just so happen to inspire others to become Christians in the process, that's great, but that's not the main goal.

When I first started diving into my faith, I thought that the best way to live a Christian lifestyle was to gain knowledge and share knowledge. Gain knowledge by learning the teachings of the Church, memorizing Bible verses, etc., and share knowledge by making sure the people in my life at least had a desire to learn those things as well.

Needless to say, I was mistaken. Through the process of meeting amazing Christians and non-Christians alike, I have realized overtime that the best way to live a Christian lifestyle is to gain love and share love. It is not about how much you know; it's about how much you love.

In the apostle Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians in the New Testament, he writes to the Christians of Thessalonica (modern day Thessaloniki in Greece), "your faith in God has become known everywhere" (1 Thessalonians 1:8). How were the Thessalonians able to do this? Through gaining knowledge and sharing knowledge? No. They did it by gaining love and sharing love.

Paul closes the first chapter of 1 Thessalonians with further explanation as to how these Christians were able to share their faith with so many people: "...you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God..." (1 Thessalonians 1:9). They were not obsessed with memorizing every teaching of the Church and forcing others to agree with their belief system. Instead, their only goal was to turn away from the desires of this world and turn towards the love of Christ, ready "to serve the living and true God."

All in all, you must remember that the gospel is shared "not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction" (1 Thessalonians 1:4). It's not about how many Church teachings you can list off, or how many Bible verses you've memorized. What's more important is the "power" and "conviction" with which you live. Are you making a conscious, daily effort to better love yourself, the people around you, and God? Because in the end, that's all that matters anyway.

P.S. A few songs that are getting me through finals week.
Your Love is a Song by Switchfoot
Every Good Thing by The Afters
Take My Hand by Shawn Mcdonald
You Are by Colton Dixon
Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher
Worn by Tenth Avenue North
Restore by Chris August
Strangely Dim by Francesca Battistelli
Need You Now (How Many Times) by Plumb
Help Me Find It by Sidewalk Prophets
Kings and Queens by Audio Adrenaline
Won't Be Shaken by Building 429
Carry Me by Josh Wilson
Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us) by Citizen Way

Plus a completely random song that has nothing to do with Jesus but I am currently obsessed with it.
Lego House (Acoustic) by Ed Sheeran

BEYOND excited that I get to see my parents this Saturday!
See you soon, Texas.

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