In our modern, western culture, we’re taught a lot about individuality and personal responsibility. So much so, in fact, that if we’re not careful, we’ll simply live looking out for our own needs instead of the needs of those around us, which is antithetical to the way Jesus lived and challenged us to live.
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King Jesus, who can certainly handle it all, offers me rest. He offers you rest, too. And he’s powerful enough to follow through for any of the billions of people on this planet who would cast their weariness upon him.
Jesus died. Completely. He fully suffered death, the penalty of our sin, on our behalf. He took on our fiercest enemy and defeated it so that death, for those of us who place our faith in him, will simply be an instantaneous transition from this life to the next.
Jesus says, when you’re trying to carry it all and you hit that wall where you realize you just can’t do it anymore, even at the very end of your rope, come to him.
The church gets to tackle global issues like disease, poverty, a lack of education, and spiritual blindness. We get to protect the vulnerable, defend the oppressed, and serve the poor, the sick, and the needy. We get to tell the good news of the hope we have in Christ to everyone on the planet until all have been invited. We get to love and serve and offer a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.
When Jesus wanted to start an organization that would fix all of the world’s biggest problems, he invited a ragtag band of misfits to lead it. Who better to represent to the world what the grace of God in Jesus Christ is capable of doing than people utterly and totally changed by it, enamored with it, and committed to it for life? And guess what? Jesus sees you, too, and he’s inviting you in!
Live openly. Share your life. Share your faith. Treat others with the grace with which God has treated you. Wear your relationship with Jesus on your sleeve, publicly and proudly.
Someone in your life needs to taste and see that the Lord is good by coming into contact with you. It’s who you are, in Christ. So go be you, love people, and add some flavor to your world today!
Jesus ties our need to live worry-free to our value before God. Because you are much more valuable than any bird, which God cares for out of his goodness and love, he will definitely take care of you.
Jesus made it clear that desiring to be a great leader is a good thing, but we must change our approach to greatness in leadership. Ultimately, great leadership is about serving other people.