Feb. 16, 2019

Drive through the country...

“For this is the gospel message that you have heard from the beginning: that we should love one another, not like Cain who was of the evil one and brutally murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, but his brother’s deeds were righteous.” 1 John 3:11-12

I’m amazed at the things we allow to drive us. A year or so ago, a childhood friend took offense at my writing that “we” (God’s people) should focus more on the Gospel message than “we” do the gray areas of life. My friend, an otherwise gentle soul, texted me and asked, “Just what did you mean by saying that!? Do you not think abortion, immigration and holiness are part of the Gospel message?! Don’t you think we should be sharing the entire bible instead of focusing on four books?!” I assume she meant the Gospels – the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Should we be concerned about the world’s condition? Truthfully? I don’t think so. Should we care about delicate issues and great causes? Certainly! But I believe our ultimate job in being left on earth is one call: To spread the Gospel message; the message of Christ.

His commission to us is summed up in a few verses: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

As God’s people, what is our job? To continually and constantly relay the message of spiritual salvation in a fallen (and continually falling) world.

You see, we cannot change the world’s condition. Not even Jesus Himself was able to do that when He walked the earth in human form. What He did was to love people, stand against evil, and not allow envy and defensiveness to take over. This is the Gospel message from the very beginning of time – we should love one another.

Will we disagree? Certainly. Will we find pet projects? Yep. We’re supposed to since we are all different parts of the same Body. But, should we focus on anything other than the hope of eternal life? Absolutely not.

Tell someone today that you not only love them, but Jesus Christ loves them. Want to change a heart? We won’t do it through political banter. We accomplish it through mirroring the love of Christ. All the arguing going on amongst the Church today is not only counterproductive to Christ’s message, it simply does not produce disciples.