Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On a Mission from God - Part 3

We can't tell others about Jesus unless we really know His story ourselves. Unless we really understand the depth of God's love for us, His creations, we cannot be ambassadors for Him. God knew that we would turn away from him and abandon Him time and again, and  yet He still chose to create us in His image, love us eternally, and save us from our own brokenness and sin. How many of us can honestly say we would be willing to remain faithful to someone who was constantly unfaithful to us?

Once we truly understand this story of God's love for us, it becomes much harder for us to sit in judgement of others, to turn away from others in need, and to elevate ourselves above those around us. Once we truly understand that in the face of the glory and holiness of God, we are all depraved and terribly broken, it becomes much easier for us to accept the love of God and share it with others. The love that God gives to us and which we can reflect to the world is patient and kind. "It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Once we become disciples of Jesus, we all begin a mission for God. Part of that mission is to truly come to understand how God's story of salvation and our story intersect and become the same mission.

These missions that we begin will not be accomplished in our lifetime. They are lifelong commitments to wake up and do our best on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. We will fail and have to start again - often. But God will pick us up, dust us off, and send us back on our way with His grace, mercy, and love.

Chesney Szaniszlo

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.    - Romans 1:16