The death of Robin Williams

I’m sure every corner of cyber space is full of blog posts, sentiments, tweets, statuses, and memories of Robin Williams this morning. Anytime a celebrity of that caliber passes away, the entire planet is rocked to its very foundation. The news is always shocking, because people like that are placed onto such glamorous pedestals in our society. Fame, fortune, and popularity are the main ingredients this world not only revolves around, but also on which success is based. It’s sad. The passing of Robin Williams is sad. But, to me, not because we will never see him in a movie again.

I’m saddened this morning because no one might have ever shared the Gospel with Mr. Williams.

I don’t pretend to know the spiritual condition of his heart. That’s between himself and God. I want this post to be a wake up call to the Church. We are the body of Christ. People die everyday because they have no hope. No desire to go on in a world that they feel hasn’t given them a fair shake. A world in which they haven’t discovered true happiness. The Bible says in Col 1:27, that Christ in us is the hope of glory.

If we are truly born again, we have within us the very same power that raised Christ from the dead. We have hope. We have something to offer the lost. People believe that whatever deck of cards life deals to them, that’s it. They accept it as their destiny. We can show them the truth.

We can share Christ with them.

It’s not our job to change people. It’s not even our job to “convert” others and try to get them saved. It’s our job to love them, to plant seeds, and sometimes even water those seeds. The Holy Spirit takes care of the rest. Too often, we feel it’s our duty or obligation to “fix” people. It’s impossible for us to fix anyone. We love them. Period.

If we’re sitting around waiting for people to change before we love them, then we’ve missed the truth of the Gospel. Jesus set no conditions on His love. He knew what it meant to completely deny Himself and walk out the Christian life. That is what we are also called to do. My last post, We have to die, talks about this.

This world is full of people who have no hope. We have the very thing they need inside of us. We have reduced the Gospel to “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”. We ARE light. We don’t have a light. If we are born again, the darkness is obliterated. We have a new heart. Old things are gone. ALL things are new. When we walk into a room, BOOM, the light has come. I hear people say, “Well, I felt such a great heaviness in the room” or “There was a darkness over the entire place.” We use statements like that as excuses not to speak truth. That’s crazy. Jesus lives inside of us. When we encounter a situation that is “dark” or “heavy”, the light in us over-shadows all of that stuff.

Not sure why I got off on the light thing, but maybe someone needed to hear it. Thanks, God.

Bottom line is this: love the people who cross your path. Don’t worry about what they believe, if they smoke or drink, whether or not they attend church, or any of those things we always use to judge others. Jesus paid the high price to reconcile us all back to the Father. People need to know there is hope. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:18) It’s up to us to let them know who they are.

They were created in the image of God. They have value. They have worth. Not because of anything they’ve done or not done, but because Jesus shed His blood.

Don’t miss an opportunity to love someone right where they are.


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