Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Church as a Lifeline

The most important thing people want to know about your belief in Jesus and Christianity is first, “Do you really care about them?” and secondly, “Can you accept them where they come from without judging them?” And the question we must ask ourselves is, “Am I ready to become a lifeline to those who may need my unconditional love and support?”

Our world is broken and fragmented in government, families, and individual lives. The opportunity to become a lifeline and support system to bring transformation has never been greater. In fact, this is why Christ Jesus entered our broken world, to bring healing to all this mess. The power is still in Him to bring transformation, but now it is His church (His body) that has become the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus to bring healing to this generation.

In Matthew 4:23,24 Jesus came “preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kids of disease among the people.” The extent of his ministry consisted of teaching, preaching, making disciples, healing the sick, and casting out demons. It is clear that Jesus healed out of compassion for the multitudes who were suffering. Matthew 9:36 “But when He saw the multitudes He was moved with compassion for them - -”. Someone described compassion as “Love in action”. Love sees beyond the immediate and the personal and compassionately relates to the lost, the hurting, the needy, and distressed. It moves more and more into the dimension of discipleship that discovers the compassion of Christ flowing through a believer to care for and to serve others. This is the Kingdom of God in action.

There is a community of unbelievers out there who need us, and there is a community of believers in the church who need one another.

I believe the church has lost something that we need to get back to fulfill the destiny God has given us that makes a difference in peoples lives. It is not more preaching we need. It is not more professionals to serve in ministry. It is not more knowledge or deeper truths that will change our world. It is not more criticism about our failures.

What is needed in the church?  For the church to become a greater lifeline to our broken world, God must give each of us a new God-vision and fresh compassion to be kingdom driven rather than self-driven. To be more God-conscious rather than self-conscious. To desire unity rather than division. Together we share in His kingdom plans to reshape our world from this present darkness into His marvelous light.

As we move together into another year, let us ask God to make us into new wineskins to be able to contain the fresh new thing that He wants to do in us. Matthew 9:17.