Charlottesville. New instances of age-old issues aren’t any less important, sad, tragic, confusing and wrong. The demeaning of life and/or loss of life, from anyone, to anyone, is horrible. When hate is spewed, things always become unglued. From the moment Adam and Eve bit into the forbidden fruit bringing sin into the world, sin’s goal has and always will be to choke out life mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Our daughter (Kylah) is laying on the futon next to my desk right now (home office in basement) and her mouth is sore from getting her next set of Invisalign yesterday. She just said "I don't like being awake when I'm in pain". We can all relate to that for different reasons. In moments like Charlottesville, we say "Lord take me now". While being in the eternal presence of Jesus is what all people of faith long for, Jesus prayed a very specific prayer for His followers while here on earth:
"15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world." John 17:15-18 NIV
Jesus didn't run from culture or societal madness...He came for it, died for it, came back to life for it, and influenced people towards things of His Kingdom. As people of faith, we are in this world to do the same. You are sanctified and set apart to influence others towards Jesus. "Sanctify" means to "make holy (mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually pure), to be whole, separated from evil and dedicated to God, for His purpose".
Sir Winston Churchill said "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." In any setting and circumstance, your words, tone of voice, facial expressions, body language and social media rants or posts all influence others either further into despair, discouragement and hate..............(pause for dramatic effect), or towards Jesus and the life He has for you and them. While here on earth, let's focus on, and work towards the latter ;-)
Kylah recently had the opportunity to preach a 5 minute sermon she wrote. In it a strong point was made - "Being spiritually full helps direct our physical actions." Make sure you eat (bite off, chew on and digest) the Word daily to help direct your words and actions.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We'll talk about this more on Sunday and we are looking forward to being with our 3C fam then! | 10:30am | McCamly Plaza Hotel | Downtown Battle Creek, MI | Bring someone with you!