Jesus modeled selflessness in relationships. While he lived in a healthy rhythm in life, he also gave of his time and his touch to as many people as he could. He eventually laid down his very life as a ransom for all people. Surely we can lay aside our right to be first, right, or best for the benefit of others.
Words can burn it all down. Words can destroy your family, they can destroy your heart, they can destroy your marriage. Words can cause destruction in a church, in a family, in a workplace, in the culture. And I think we see that right now. It’s happening all around us.
People will, based on a sermon, based on a tweet, based on an interaction, or a counseling session decide things about their future based on my advice based on how I explain the wisdom of the scriptures. That is a heavy responsibility.
Biblical faith is obedience and action. It’s acting upon what I know God has commanded me to do in spite of the consequences. In other words, I look at the cost, and I decide following in Jesus and believing in God is worth the cost and I’m going all in in my faith.
Real faith actually moves to the place of love and obedience. It’s saying, God, not only do I believe that you are up there, but I commit my life into your hands. I want to have a love-based relationship with my father, with the Creator.
The purpose of the information contained in the Bible is to produce actual, lasting, tangible change in your life. It’s to change the condition of your soul and your heart and your Spirit, so that you live differently than you did before.
Real faith sees problems and acts on them. Real faith sees issues that people have, and addresses them. Real faith gets involved in the messy, broken lives of people who may or may not have faith of their own. So faith is something that works and it displays a life-changing, helping, serving, problem-tackling kind of life.
Am I showing my neighbor that my faith has been put to work and that it has a practical effect in my life? I am overcoming temptation. I am rising above circumstances. I am lasting through moments of change and transition. Is my faith really working?
It’s our responsibility to speak up when we see a problem. Find your boldness. Pray for people. Vote. Reach out. Give. Donate. Help. Serve. Take care of people. Meet needs. Just find ways to do what needs to be done to communicate that Jesus is good news for the broken.
Our generation needs to completely eradicate racism. And one of the ways we do that is developing a language of equality and equity. To speak boldly on behalf of the oppressed. To speak the good news that is for the vulnerable. To speak and to boldly show up.