Jerm and I were talking about how indoition frees us up to be ourselves and let’s others be their selves – ultimately their true selves.
Maybe just loving people for who they are ( presently) and who they are made to be (whole and illumined by God) is life lived on mission. Maybe our goal is not so much to make people change or make decision for Christ as to pray and confirm who they are in Christ. That is, we love them into their real selves – we are not content with who they are – yet unhealed, yet broken, yet confused, yet despairing, yet selfish, yet etc. We don’t just accept, although we do accept and enjoy, we love. Love demands all. Love does not rest until others are their best, it ever pushes and pulls in prayer, it ever serves, ever encourages, ever confirms, ever overlooks stumbling, it ever is.
So maybe the answer to how we are to relate is for us to accept and to enjoy, and for us to love.
Love does not process or educate or mold people who will be like us in thought, deed, belief. Love finds the true vision of God and does not cease loving until it is incarnate.
We are all in need of this kind of love and its work in our lives.
Loving my children goes far beyond my accepting them. Love’s purpose through me is that they might be made into the image of Christ that they are fashioned to demonstrate. Maybe we are each icons of His image, sculpted, painted, composed to bring Him glory and honor and joy to the world.
Maybe our work is iconic in nature, finding the image of God in each and laboring to bring it to glory.