This morning’s newsfeed was headlined with another story of violence that involved the use of a gun. This time at the ClubBlu in Fort Myers, Florida. That may seem very far away but there are teens in the very
community you live.
Many of my brothers a
nd sisters in Christ respond with social media posts such as, “Prayers and thoughts for those in Fort Myers.
- I consult prayers in Scripture to learn how to approach my time in conversation with God.
- The Lord’s Prayer is one example. Jesus teaches us to begin with recognition that God is our Father that is in heaven (all around us). He is Sovereign and He cares for us at the PERFECT FATHER.
- I am taught to realign my focus upon the reality that He is building a Kingdom and that Kingdom is built through me as I live the way a citizen is to live in His Kingdom.
- I recognize that my needs are met through Him and He teaches me to acknowledge that in the p
- I recognize that the “debts” I have accumulated by offending God and the “debts” that they have accumulated in offending me are to be forgiven.
- I learn to ask for God to guide me away from temptation.
- I pray that God will give me to the trust required to accept who He says I am and He will express Himself through me by the power of Holy Spirit. This leads me to understand I am the hands and feet of Jesus and I can
be what my community needs me to be through the power of God. Let me see hurting people so I can care for them. Perhaps this action will keep someone from ending up in the hateful state that leads to the evil of the world.
- I also pray that the church will learn recognize their ability to be the hands of feet of Jesus in the place such catastrophes have occurred.
These are not “fast” answers. Sometimes I may be led to contribute financially to a cause or relief fund. Other times I may find that I am planted in a situation where I can experience Christ alive in me doing His work through me.
This is what I call “Becoming The Difference.” We have been empowered to be the difference in an evil world that needs to experience more than platitudes from a church that claims a form of godliness but is unwilling to acknowledge His power (“denies it’s power”). A church unwilling to develop and express love is not the church the New Testament has revealed. The New Testament church serves in tangible acts of love and goodness.