People seem to be friendly and kind to me, for the most part. I mean, sure, I have run into a few rude people in my life. And sometimes I’ve responded rudely back, and sometimes I’ve had moments of clarity and responded the way Christians should. In other words, I’ve let my light shine at times, but there have certainly been times I’ve let Satan blow it out. I repent with sackcloth and ashes.
Kindness goes a long way. People have been kind enough to let me pull out on the road to get in line with traffic. People have been kind enough to help me find something that was lost. People have been kind enough to assist me when I don’t know what I’m doing, and they know exactly what to do. People have been kind enough to tell me when I’ve got a stain on my shirt, a missed button, or a belt loop. There have been times when someone was kind enough to tell me my zipper was down or I had something on my face after a meal. People have been kind enough to stay home when sick, wash their hands, and try to sneeze into their sleeves instead of my face. These are kind things people have done. But these are not really on the same playing field as the ultimate act of kindness.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and proclaim that the ultimate act of kindness someone can do for another person is to share the gospel. Do you agree? I believe that is not just being kind, that is being loving. Jesus provided the ultimate act of kindness when He died on the cross. He told His disciples beforehand, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). This is the ultimate act of love and kindness.
Do you remember that song “You Never Mentioned Him to Me”? We hardly sing it anymore. Maybe because it made us feel so guilty about the lack of evangelism we were doing. I think the intention was to motivate us to do more evangelism because we do not want to feel guilty about not mentioning Jesus to our friends and family.
Sure, you can be kind to others in a variety of ways. Buy someone’s lunch. Help someone move. Send them a card. Give a word of encouragement. Tell someone they did a good job. Bake a pie and bring it to someone who loves pies. But the ultimate act of kindness has nothing to do with the world around us. The ultimate act of kindness is making sure your friends, family, neighbors, and strangers know the gospel and how to obey it.
Be kind and share:
Jesus came (John 1:14).
Jesus died (Matthew 27:33-50; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Jesus was buried (Luke 23:50-53; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Jesus rose (John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Jesus is coming back (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
You need to come to Jesus(Matthew 11:28-30).
You need to die to your sins (1 Peter 2:24).
You need to be buried (Romans 6:3-4).
You need to raise to walk a new life (Romans 6:5-6)
You need to be faithful till Jesus comes back (Revelation 2:10).
That’s the gospel, and telling people about it is the ultimate act of kindness.
Be kind and share.
I love you,