“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11
Some days, the news makes me want to hide under my duvet. I don’t need to tell you that global events over the last year or so have left many of us feeling uncertain about the future, unsure if we really know our neighbours and perhaps paralysed in the face of unfathomable suffering.
We live in a world where talk is cheap, answers aren’t easy and the structures that once seemed so reliable are no longer so. Believers find themselves with strongly held opposing viewpoints from one another. There is anger. There is fear. There is confusion.
Yet the gospel is true. The need for it is visceral. The lie that we live with, sometimes blatant and sometimes just beneath the surface, is that Jesus’ message is no longer relevant. That his followers having nothing meaningful to offer and that we SHOULD hide ourselves away.
Now is the time for believers to lead with faith, with service and with love. We need to be visible, compassionate and ready to point people to the only one who can make sense of this messed up world. Followers of Jesus should NOT be defined primarily by what they are against. You DO have the authority to speak and to act and to bring joy and hope.
First published in the 2017 Summer issue of Agapé MOVE magazine.
The views expressed in this blog post are personal to the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the GC network.