From Station WGOD: Love, Love Me Do

Yesterday a reader wrote to ask, “John, would you comment on something I heard last night at church — that is, on the very real possibility that God uses people to deliver messages? The idea is that the delivery is usually made by someone who has no clue what the message means, to someone who is desperate for the message.”

Well, since you asked [hi, Dan!], I do think God uses people to deliver his messages. I think that’s the whole point of people. I think every person in the world is a walking, talking, mobilized broadcast tower for station WGOD, comin at ya, live and fulla jive, always burnin if the world is turnin. How else does God communicate with us, but through people? Through weather? Through animals, those adorable teases who always act like they’re going to talk to us? Through hieroglyphics that magically appear on elevator walls? Sure, that would considerably liven up elevator rides—but no. That’s not how it works. When God wants to say something to us, he says it through the people in our lives.

And God, being God, always has something to say. To everyone. Through everyone. All the time. It never stops. God is never done communicating with any of us. The one message he never sends to any of us is “Oh, cool. You’ve got it all now. You’ve learned everything there is to know about my nature, will, processes, and ultimate purpose. Sweet! God out.”

Nah. God’s broadcasting to us, 24/7. And the medium of his ongoing message to us? That would be every single person whose path ever crosses our own.

Our job is to remember that, to make sure we focus in on and hear the message we can be sure God is sending us whenever we engage another person.

And what message is that sure to be? What message is everyone always sending everyone else?

Love me. That’s what we’re all broadcasting to the world, every moment of our lives. Love me, love me, love, love me do.

And when God as Jesus was talking directly to us, what did he explicitly name as the supreme law, as the greatest of all his commandments?

That we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Everyone, no matter who they are, or what other kinds of messages they seem to be bearing, is in fact delivering to us the exact same message from God: Love me, as God loves you.

All we have to do is listen.

Related Posts: Are the Great Commandment and The Great Commission Incompatible? and More On The Great Commandment vs. The Great Commission.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to Ma.gnoliaAdd to TechnoratiAdd to FurlAdd to Newsvine

About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • Dan Harrell

    Thanks John,

    I love your explanation and the energy. I’m going to get this Christian thing yet.

    Dan

  • Dan Harrell

    Hey, I just read your related posts. I think we can only attract others to Christianity if we act like Christians. We have to build on relationships, instead of spiritual headhunting. When others start to wonder why were different, maybe it’s time then to talk about it.

    I still feel that most people want to hear from God, but at the right time and place.

  • Pingback: The purpose of people « Thoughts on what I am reading…

  • http://angelbearoh.wordpress.com angelbearoh

    Believe it or not, God has used a song written by Billy Joel to speak to me. Here it is, covered by the immortal Barry White.

    Just the Way You Are

    It really puts across the idea that we don't have to change to be loved by God.

  • Arnette

    Love this one, John…thanks! I'm going to try to keep my transmitter AND my receiver open.

  • FreetoBe

    I’ve had to read this twice to understand you are talking about ALL people, not just the saved. ALL PEOPLE. How awesome is that! Way to start the day, John.

    (I’m sending this to my kids.)

  • arlywn

    I have a question.

    If God said he hated everyone, would everyone argue on who god hates more?

  • arlywn

    I thought the greatest commandment was ” I am the only god” and “Have no other gods before me” Cause those are the ones everyone seems to care so much about…

  • Lynn

    Right on John. Have you read William P. Young's book, "The Shack" ?

  • Candace

    Arlywn -

    In my opinion? Taking your question as the hypothetical it is? YES!

    Because people are always getting themselves confused with God, and feeling as if they must figure it all out and nail it all down in their own terms in order for things to be right with the world.

    So regardless what God says, people will always argue about it. It's our nature. And kinda funny, when you think about it. I bet one of the things God says most often is "See? SEE? You are SO making my point for me!"

    It is grace, pure and simple, that he loves us anyway and keeps on talking to us and through us. THAT is why I love him so. Well, that and the fact he IS, after all, GOD.

    Love this post, John. And the next one as well, which I'll comment on at some point soon. Right now I'll just ask, "What, was it a little too quiet around here for ya??" (Not any more, it isn't! ) ;-)

  • Candace

    Arlywn -

    In my opinion? Taking your question as the hypothetical it is? YES!

    Because people are always getting themselves confused with God, and feeling as if they must figure it all out and nail it all down in their own terms in order for things to be right with the world.

    So regardless what God says, people will always argue about it. It's our nature. And kinda funny, when you think about it. I bet one of the things God says most often is "See? SEE? You are SO making my point for me!"

    It is grace, pure and simple, that he loves us anyway and keeps on talking to us and through us. THAT is why I love him so. Well, that and the fact he IS, after all, GOD.

    Love this post, John. And the next one as well, which I'll comment on at some point soon. Right now I'll just ask, "What, was it a little too quiet around here for ya??" (Not any more, it isn't! ) ;-)

  • arlywn

    yay! thanks candace. Not sure I agree in loving god because he's god. .. thats kinda like loving okra because its okra… and.. I dont really like okra… but thanks for answering!

  • Candace

    Well, think of something you do love, then.

    Think of what you love the very most, and multiply it times infinity.

    That'll illustrate it waaaaay better than okra can .

  • Candace

    Well, think of something you do love, then.

    Think of what you love the very most, and multiply it times infinity.

    That'll illustrate it waaaaay better than okra can .

  • http://paulwilkinson.wordpress.com Paul Wilkinson

    Yes, God does speak through other people. I recently heard someone say that the key to Pentecost is not that the disciples received the Spirit, but that God the Father got a new body. Us. We’re his hands, feet and (when we get it right) mouthpiece. (Some of us have a bigger mouth than others.)

    BTW, there really is a WGOD station broadcasting in the Caribbean.

    http://www.wgodradio.org/

  • http://paulwilkinson.wordpress.com Paul Wilkinson

    Yes, God does speak through other people. I recently heard someone say that the key to Pentecost is not that the disciples received the Spirit, but that God the Father got a new body. Us. We’re his hands, feet and (when we get it right) mouthpiece. (Some of us have a bigger mouth than others.)

    BTW, there really is a WGOD station broadcasting in the Caribbean.

    http://www.wgodradio.org/

  • Pingback: Does God Deliver Messages Through People? « Thinking Out Loud

  • Pingback: Does God Deliver Messages Through People? « Thinking Out Loud


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X