May We Be

May we be an instrument of Christ.

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:9-10 NLT

We are living in a world that is anything but peace. I grew up being told “hate the sin but love the sinner”. I struggled with that. I still do.

I believe as Christians in this world we are hungry for peace. This scripture is a reminder of what brings us peace, and how we should act to promote the peace that we desire. It reminds me that I am also the sinner, but Christ forgives and loves me.

If you’re like me and want to see peace overcome this world, first learn to forgive. Demonstrate the love of Christ so that others can experience His love and forgiveness. Hate what is evil, love what is good. At least make an effort to live at peace with everyone.

Many things that our heart desires, a relationship with Christ delivers. As we approach the ending of 2020, may we be an instrument of peace. If we are called to serve others, may we serve them well. If our gift is to encourage, may we be encouraging. If we smile by giving, may we give generously.

Be the good. Be the instrument in the world that gives a glimpse of Jesus. Although it takes much time and discipline, offer your life back to God. Allow him to steer you through this world. Nothing should compete with the Father.

Lastly, this world is full of evil. We see it each day. In Romans 12 Paul shares with us a reminder to not allow the evil of this world to conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. Amen.

An Invitation from Worry

Guest Post by Mrs. Aimee Bartis

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:39

In Mark 4, Jesus had been teaching to large crowds, telling parables. The last parable He tells is the parable of the mustard seed. A mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds that grows into a huge plant. The Kingdom of GOD is like a mustard seed, a small amount of faith grows into a huge plant of discipleship.

After this day of preaching Jesus and the disciples get on a boat. Jesus goes below deck and falls asleep. A storm comes up and the disciples freak out. They go get Jesus and basically say “Wake up! Why are you sleeping while we’re dying? Don’t you love us at all!!!” {insert flailing arms here}

Jesus replies with verse 39. Then he asks them “why are you freaking out? Don’t you trust? Don’t you have faith? Mercy, we just talked about this!”

I’m paraphrasing here. Also adding some panic and sass and eye rolling. Because that’s probably how I would reply. Mercy, I am so glad that GOD is GOD and I am not!

Anyway…

This verse and this story is an invitation to us from Jesus. It’s an invitation to not worry. I am a recovering worry wart. I was a champion worrier. I used to lay in bed at night worrying that I had offended someone in the course of the day. Maybe they didn’t laugh at my smart remark or something equally ridiculous.

Until I heard it put this way: worrying is a way of saying you don’t trust Jesus to act. Uh oh!

That’s not what I wanted. I want Jesus to act on my behalf for my good and His glory. So, each day I start by turning over my worries to Him. I invite you to do the same.