2020-09-17 - Making Change Around Us
John 13:33-35 33 Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
These are some of Jesus' last words to His disciples. This is what He wanted from the men who had walked with Him for three years, and who would now be examples and teachers to the people they would meet. In those meetings they might change the lives of those who would hear even some of what they had to say. The hope was to change the thoughts of people.
More then half of the people who live in America no longer believe that Jesus is the source of salvation, or that there is such a thing as certain truth. They are willing to adopt the watered down truth that others feed to students, friends, audiences, etc. The substitute they sell is toxic to the minds of them that hear it without some thought and prayer.
If you want to see how the disciples Jesus chose and stayed with Him read the book of Acts. The stories of their travels and the difficulties, and their courage to continue walk the trails between towns, going were they were called to go and take with them the good news of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection.
How do we get the attention of the people around us? I have had people downplay my words, when I wrote them or offered them in conversation. I don't every recall the other person to be rude, but a little dismissive yes. I see those words that were left with them as seeds. Someone else may water them. Some may tend to that garden. Still others may harvest the new fruit that is ready when the time comes. The second thing that catches people's eyes is when they see Christians with a fellow believer together, maybe walking, talking or sharing a meal. One may be sharing a problem with a trusted friend. Two may be sharing some of the good news of Jesus with someone who has become curious about their friends who share a little more about the Lord and His Disciples as they changed the world of that time with hope and caring about the people they met. The steps in our lives move gently from one level to another. Look back at the young life Billy Graham. He moved from answering a call to preach, to speaking to Presidents, the Queens, Kings, and leaders in many positions. Our steps and how fast they grow may be different. If we are open to the conversation whether we start it or change it to a different ending matters not. It is the seeds we leave with others that can make all the difference for them, their families and the lives of others around them.
Be caring, open and willing to share word or thought with someone who is struggling, or just needs to know that somebody really cares. You may never see the end game of that seed. You may be one one that sees the end that someone planed some time before. The church, the people not the building, need to support one another caring for each other, encouraging them when they need it. We should be the current people who show love and care for each other. This is something that reaches to people around us who are struggling with the world around us day in and day out.
We can be the hope that changes the world. Or He can change the world through us!
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.