Signposts of Grace

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Are we at risk of repeatedly excluding the very people God calls us to embrace?

He, that has no equal, through His saving and redemptive act on the cross, made ALL equal. To discount or disregard is to sidestep the core of our personal ministry and mission. It is to create hierarchy where God declares equality.

Do we struggle to accept the idea that people who are not like us are called equal on every level by the one that made them? If Jesus died for all - if we are brothers and sisters under the rule and reign of our Heavenly Father, why do we banish our family to the fringes when we ought to seek them out? Welcome them home. Include them and communicate something of the heart of God to them. 

God resists the proud but gives favour to the humble.
— James 4:6

Living for Jesus means that we are to be, and bring “good news”, allowing the precedent of God’s glory to pave our way. Our only boast and confidence should be in Christ and His power to break chains in our cities, nation and throughout the world.

 

Do we continue to pray, fast and sing with hollow hearts and empty ambition and wonder why we are never witness to revolutionary change?

God is calling us to act. To pray and worship from the pit of our soul as our hearts become devastated for the people, places and predicaments under God’s care.

If WE are the change, why do we wait?

We are distracted by the potential of embarrassment, the risk of lowering people's perception of us and personal cost. However, we ought to be truly devoted to His cause and pursuing His heart. We crave gratification and expect to reap the rewards of His goodness; then question why our hands are empty. As we journey further into the heart of God, the beauty is that He always reveals more of Himself. We do not operate from our own shallow human reserves, but rather the Lord replenishes us when we meet with Him and resources us to be about His business. 

If our ministry does not cater for the broken within our society, it only offers to this world a diluted Gospel. Good news, for few. A select few that we have chosen. This is in stark contrast to how Jesus relates. Jesus’ radical, relational and personal ministry was outworked in the context of His community and He invites us to do the same.

He has sent me to preach good news to the poor,
to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
— Isaiah 61:1

Take a look around. Present a flavour of Jesus to those who need Him. Reflect His example. Choose to serve. God remains firm on the things He won’t tolerate and clearly outlines that now is the time for us, as His people, to move

Be signposts of grace to broken lives still searching for meaning, purpose and truth. The Gospel is inclusive in its nature and truly our privilege to share. As we are deeply moved to express the heart of the Father, we leave lasting impressions on the lives of His children that could open doors in eternity.

We must go.

The church is only the church when it exists for others.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 
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