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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)

TITLE: Live the Light of His Love
By Ann Renae Hair
11/07/07


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Live the Light of His Love

There was a time
I would boldly say,
“You are lost!
You need Jesus.”

True, this works
For some.
Not for me–
Not well received.

It was not the gospel
That offended;
Just me and my
Intense approach.

What “evangelists”
Can do, I cannot.
A different way
Works best for me.

From overflow of faith,
I express to others
Who Jesus is to me;
Who I am to Jesus.

He gave His life for mine,
While I was still a sinner.(1)
He is God.
I am a child of the King!

Jesus said,
“I am the way,
And the truth,
And the life.”(2)

I attempt to
Follow His way,
Understand the truth,
And live the life.

Then those who watch
Him meet my needs,
Will know the
Great Provider.

I desire to no longer
Put people on guard,
Challenging them
As I once did.(3)

Not to judge
By my limited vision–
Rather, help them see
All that God sees.(4)

I hope they wonder;
I hope they ponder,
Who is this God
She knows?

I am prepared
To give an answer
When asked the reason
For the hope that I have.(5)

And I pray!
I pray that I may be a light,
A reflection of Him,
Made in His image,

That others may see Him
Through me, in me,
And want to know Him
from knowing me.

Not that I am better,
Only that I love.
I love, because
He first loved me.(6)

Perhaps others will
Come to love Him,
Because I first
Loved them.



Note:
All references to scripture, though not all exact quotes, were taken from NIV Bible.

1) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

2) Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

3) But do so with gentleness and respect. I Peter 3:15b

4) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus or Lord. Romans 6:23

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

5) But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. I Peter 3:15a

6) We love because He first loved us. I John 4:19


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Phyllis Inniss 11/10/07
You have put my feelings about evangelism into your poem. I too hope rather than preach to others (and scare them away) I prefer that the way I live will be a reflection of what it means to be a follower of Jesus and so win others to Him. That is the message - a good one - that I read in your poem.
LauraLee Shaw11/14/07
This is perfect! Anointed.
Dee Yoder 11/14/07
You have a great message about evangelism in this poem. I think other's watching God meet our needs is a very powerful way to draw them to the Lord, especially when we deal with one of life's hard blows by depending on Him. Good writing!
Jan Ackerson 11/14/07
I love the tender spirit you've revealed here.

From a poetic standpoint, the numerals in parentheses are a teensy bit distracting. I'd recommend leaving them off, then just adding a note that says something like "Scriptural references are as follows:" then listing them. Much more aesthetically pleasing that way.

I'm very much like you as far as spiritual "style." Thanks for this poem!