As a new blogger, I have spent a lot of time researching how to find readers. There are plenty of resources that give suggestions for search engine optimization, advertising, quality content, connecting to other bloggers, etc. Even with all of these strategies, it can still be challenging to find consistent readers.
I recently read a post entitled I went to a strip club on just a jesus follower, and I noticed that post had a significant amount of shares, comments, and likes.
The author wrote about her experience showing love and encouragement to women who worked at a strip club. It talked about an act of love that is not common in society or the church. This was not the sort of act a typical religious good girl would do. It was shocking, but in a way that made me take an abrupt pause to consider how I love people on a regular basis. It has been a couple of days since I read the post, and I am still pondering how I can love others better.
Reading the post led me to think about how Jesus’ followers multiplied so rapidly. During His ministry, He constantly challenged the religious leaders who excelled at expanding rules to make sure they followed them better than the next person. Jesus sought out and spent time with the outcasts of society. He healed those who were suffering and visited those who were grieving. He performed miracles. His acts of love were radical. They were worth hearing about and repeating because of their impact, and His followers increased as a result.
Stories of radical love are attractive. People want to share them over and over because they are not only impactful for those being served at the time, but they are life-changing for hearers as well. His actions still change lives two thousand years after they happened. He led His followers to write about His life so that we could continue to be encouraged by Him, and when we act and write about acts of love that we do by His leading, people will be atttacted to our stories too.