A Call to Action

So what does it mean to be a Christian? Someone of faith? A follower of Jesus? First, it means that you have been saved. Receiving salvation simply means that you have accepted the fact that Jesus Christ came to this earth to willingly be brutally murdered for us and our sins. It is also believing that He was raised to life again, conquering our hopelessness of eternal death. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10). Through Jesus, we are able to have eternal life in Heaven. But that’s just the first part… the second part of being a follower of Jesus is taking action. We spend our time studying the bible, going to church, participating in Bible study, or small group. We listen to K-Love, we read the verse of the day, but what do we do about it? Are we just containing the information God has given us or are we actually acting upon it? Are we ignoring that still small voice or obeying and trusting in it?

 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:27-31).  Could you imagine if everyone who has ever read these words actually applied them to our lives daily? How much greater this world might be; spreading love instead of throwing hate at everyone. This is just one example, the whole bible is full of “calls to action.” The bible is a guidebook, not just a book of information. It will lead our next steps, tell us where to go, how to love, how to have hope, how to be a follower of Jesus. 

What are we specifically asked to take action on as Christians? Jesus answers this very clearly, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Mathew 28:19). Jesus wants us to use our time on this earth to help others join the kingdom of God. Now, the next part of this paragraph is very important. Judging, gossiping, hating, arguing and telling others they are wrong is not even close to the way we should be treating others. That turns people away from God faster than anything else! I’m sure we have all experienced that ourselves. Unfortunately, there are many people who have missed out because of the hatred and judgment of Christians they know in their lives. So how do we make disciples of others? We love them. That’s it. We love them even when they don’t want to be loved, we forgive, we accept, we only spread joy and light. That’s what Jesus did and that’s the action we are called to do.
Right now I want you to think of an action you can start to take to love others into Jesus, starting today. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35). Make an impact for Jesus!

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Hi everyone! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This is truly a day to celebrate. This amazing man knew God and He knew Jesus’s heart better than many people ever will. I think we can all follow his example to becoming more like Jesus and learn how to spread the love of Jesus throughout our broken world. That is the ultimate goal right?

Marin Luther King Jr. fought for equality in a time of hate, pain and discrimination. Unlike many during that time, he fought with one weapon, that weapon was love. Like Jesus, MLK had hate thrown at him from every angle, yet he still fought with love. He wanted the world to be peaceful. He didn’t create grudges against the people who persecuted him, he just wanted them to feel the love that could be possible if there were no more discrimination and hate. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” -Martin Luther King Jr. MLK truly put the verses of the bible into action. Our immediate response to people insulting us is, usually, to insult back, to “get back at them”, to hold a grudge or gossip against them. Yet, MLK took Mathew 5:44 and lived it out loud. Could you imagine what the world would be like today if we all took this verse seriously? “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Mathew 5:44). 

What we have to understand here is that it is not like MLK was immune to human nature. I am sure that he had to fight the urges to hate, he had to fight the urges to retaliate and get even. This man resisted the devils calling and realized that God has everything under control. He trusted that his calling through love could do so much greater than his calling from hate. He gave his hate and his pain to God; and God took that hate and turned it into some of the greatest moments for equality in history. Hate is extremely unproductive compared to love. Why is that? Because love covers sins. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8). 

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” -MLK. Martin Luther King Jr. had the wisdom to see what many of us still cannot see. He had the wisdom to see that a motivation fueled by love can do much more than motivation fueled by hatred and fear. Hatred and fear come from the devil; while love comes from God, God himself is love. Because God has already conquered the devil, hatred and fear flee and cower in the presence of love. “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2). 

I truly believe that Martin Luther King Jr. was able to accomplish so much, and spread this message of love because he knew that this was his temporary home. He knew that society’s views of him meant absolutely nothing compared to how God viewed him. He knew that eternal treasures and Heaven itself would cover the pain that he had to endure on this earth. “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right. Especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” -Martin Luther King Jr. 

Today I challenge you to take a look at your own life, are you motivated by love? Are you standing up for what you believe in or are you letting society’s views get in the way? Let go of the hate in your heart and give it to God. Start being who you were made to be and make an impact on this earth. Leave a legacy of love.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr. 

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).

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