Feelings are not the focus of Scripture.
The reality for those of us who know Jesus Christ is that no matter what we feel today, the Word of God stands unchanging. The Spirit of the Living God residing in us enables us to cling to the truth when our feelings tug at our heart’s allegiance.
By faith, may the call for those of us who abide in Christ and Christ in us be abandonment to God’s purpose so that we bear much fruit for the glory of our Father in the years to come.
“‘This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.’” -John 15:8
Even though I may feel totally insignificant—like a grain of sand upon the beaches of the world—I am indwelt by Christ Jesus, the Sovereign Lord of Heaven and Earth. This makes me—and you—totally significant and fully equipped to do our Savior’s will.
May our hearts’ desire—as an insignificant grain—have a willingness to be thrown into the ocean of chaos to create a tidal wave of righteousness for the glory of His name and our eternal blessing—whatever His plan may be.
May we boldly confront radical evil with the radical message of redemption to raise up radical followers that confront the fortress of darkness and strongholds of Satan with the light of Jesus Christ’s life and everlasting love. That call alone makes our lives eternally significant.
I don’t want to be political or powerful. I want to be broken and contrite. I want to let my God rule the universe with His righteous power. I want Him to use whatever grains of sand He pleases for His name’s sake and the sake of the gospel.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. May we—the Body of Christ—live and speak in such a way to seek and save the lost in word and deed.
Frederick Buechner clearly states that no matter where or how you are living out the life of Jesus, He is totally available in you and through you no matter what.
“Those who believe in God can never in a way be sure of him again. Once they have seen him in a stable, they can never be sure where he will appear or to what lengths he will go or to what ludicrous depths of self-humiliation he will descend in his wild pursuit of humankind. If holiness and the awful power and majesty of God were present in this least auspicious of all events, this birth of a peasant’s child, then there is no place or time so lowly and earthbound but that holiness can be present there too.” –Frederick Buechner
May we be first and foremost the light of Jesus in all that we do and say to others.
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John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.