Inside/Outside Messages

Are You God’s Answer?

The people of our state, our nation, and the world are experiencing financial distress; many in society are living a life of perversion. With the downturn in the economy, many people are losing jobs, homes, cars, and placing their hope in man and man’s solutions.

Some have said we are living in the last days. I have heard it said that in the worst of times, as believers, we live in the best of times. It is my belief that the church has a great opportunity to change the mindset of the world for the Kingdom of God. We, the people of God, need to be fulfilling the call of God as the Disciples of Christ.  

Many believers are calling on the Lord for many great things, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) Often we call on God and wait for Him to answer. However, are you willing to be a servant and become the instrument that He utilizes to be the answer for Him?

We cry out in our churches for God to bring unity to the body, to break down the walls of denominational isms and schisms. We pray for His love to abound, but do we allow the Lord to use us as part of His answer to build the Kingdom and show His love. 

We, His people, proclaim unity, however do we demonstrate unity of the body of Christ? We often talk a great game; but are we too busy allowing the world to influence our lives by allowing denominational differences and ethnicity to influence and divide us. While we desire to worship together many times our differences in style stop us from doing so. When we do work together, is our motive recognition for ourselves, our individual churches, or for the Kingdom of God? How can we win the world if we don’t show love and acceptance for one another as believers?  

Scripture tells us in Ephesians 4:1-7, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”  

We profess our love in corporate gatherings but do we show agape love in our deeds and attitude. Agape love is the highest form of love which expresses the relationship between all of creation. It expresses man's love of God, God's love for man and any creation of God, and a relationship of stranger toward stranger. It demonstrates a respect and consideration of all things. This is a form of love which does not develop as naturally as others, but requires cultivation. It is a form of love that does not seek inner consideration, but demands external consideration always. There is nothing selfish in it, no demands, only giving. Agape love is described as unconditional love. 

Scripture tells us in John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”   

One of the things that the Lord has challenged me to do is to love as He loves and to see people as He sees them. Being involved with prison ministry I see believers behind the walls and all believers as complete in Christ and love them no matter his or her crime or sin. Remember God loved us in our sin and He loves us as believers behind the walls, in front of the walls, as well as those who still reject Him. Sin in our world seems to be judged on the Bell Curve but God sees sin as all the same.  

Remember we are not of this world but only passing through as children of God. Let us not respond as the world responds. Let us be the answer as we follow God’s principles to bring truth, hope, and love to the world. Let us respond to the world condition by living a life of loving, forgiving, and becoming the answer, Ephesians 2:10 reminds us of the following, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

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Tim May is co-founder and Executive Director of Ebenezer Outreach Ministry.