As believers, it seems we notice others more. Specifically, it seems we see the pain and heartache others carry. The weight of their pain creates a heavy atmosphere of hopelessness. It seems to radiate from them. It can transform the environments they enter. If we are not careful, we can become affected by this. Some of us are called to serve this hopelessness in our world. But how?
Following Jesus, we know our task. We are to love all others (even enemies) as He has loved us. Mercy, grace, compassion, and love without conditions is the Way He lived and served our broken humanity in His life and ministry. Our mission is the same.
Jesus-style administration of wisdom and grace reaches out to serve at the expense of self for the sake of all others. However, if we have not discovered who we are in Jesus, as a daily practice, we may miss the mark ("sin) in effective service. No doubt we will mess up and make mistakes but fear of failure should never stop you from walking as Jesus did. When we rely on our faith as source to serve, we serve in increasingly greater ways as we follow the perfect example of serving - Jesus.
The Holy Spirit empowers us to remember where our strength comes from. Believing with every ounce of our being in God's radical and redemptive goodness we not only serve but in His gracious love we co-create kingdom life with Him here and now - today! We do not just acknowledge pain but we faith-fully face it as the catalyst to deliver transformative, lasting change and life renewal for ourselves and others we are burdened in love to serve.
When pain is utilized as a launching pad for a faith leap into freedom, forgiveness, and confidence in God we live increasingly authentic, humbled, and vulnerable lives - fearlessly.
Our faith counters the hopelessness of the world and those we encounter in life. Our faith - like Jesus' within us - offers hope, instigates inspiration, and encourages others to fear not nor be afraid of their pain but utilize it as a means to draw closer to Jesus and (re)discover the Lord's bountiful faithfulness with those in covenant with Him.
As we love others with Jesus-style mercy, grace, and love without preconceived condition and judgements, we become Jesus' hands and feet in the world today. We don't dwell in the past; we learn from it and leave it behind with an ever-increasing hope for our promised future in and with Him. A future secured by our faith in the One who ransomed and rescued us!
"I don't depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus"
(Phil. 3:13-14, The Passion Translation).
You, like I and millions of others, can go from a
Pessimistic Life Out Of Fear to
Purposely Living Out Our Faith!
It is a choice to face life challenges as growth catalysts of transformational change!
What are we choosing today... Faith or Fear?