I ran into a young woman yesterday evening who was absolutely beside herself. Her GPS had failed and she thought she knew the way home from a college she had been visiting, but after driving for hours in the wrong direction, she realized she had no idea where she was or how to get where she needed to be. With tears running down her cheeks, she continued to recount the frustrations of her day, telling me how her cell phone had gone dead, how she hadn’t taken the time to eat anything all day long and, as a result, was battling a splitting headache, and how totally and completely lost she was. The only thing that was familiar to her was the McDonald’s sign, so that’s why she had pulled into their parking lot and was just getting out of her car as I was exiting the drive-thru. When she came up to my window to share her story with me, she looked so pitiful and I felt such compassion for her. I nodded with sympathy and proceeded to give her the cheeseburger and soda I’d just purchased and a Tylenol I had in my pocket. I smiled, gave her a big hug, and then I drove away. I suppose I could have also shared with her the directions to get her home because I know that place very well and exactly how to get there … but instead I chose to just show her the love of Jesus without words. As I drove away, though, I did offer up a little prayer that she’d figure out how to get home on her own. Maybe someone else would tell her.
Moral of the Story: If you know The Way but do not share it, the one you’ve assisted remains lost. Showing the “love of Jesus without words” through charitable actions is just a topical remedy that can be applied by ANYONE with half a heart to temporarily relieve an undesired physical situation, but does nothing for the most important need of their lives, the eternal. Giving ’em a hamburger and a soda isn’t enough … the lost aren’t going to absorb the way to be saved through a bun or a piece of meat. Jesus said to go into all the world and make disciples. Let’s love them like Jesus and do what He says because we have His heart and we care about their eternal destiny.