In the early church, people were coming to Christ even during times of intense persecution. They were willing to follow Jesus even if it meant losing their loved ones, their livelihoods and their very lives. In comparison, today we go to great lengths to woo people into the front door of a church, but in many cases, there are just as many or more walking out the back door. Could it be that the seekers don’t taste and see something worth living for—let alone dying for? Is the problem rooted in our love?
We think we know love, but when we read the New Testament carefully and honestly, we discover that today’s “love” is very different from the early church love that changed the world.