We obviously live in a very broken world and as it tumbles toward even greater post Christian moorings, the brokenness will only become greater. That is why I love the word "redemption" because our Lord loves to redeem hearts, lives, families, circumstances and even whole communities. And we are part of that redemptive process as we look for opportunities to bring the redemptive news of Jesus to hurting people. Only Jesus can take what is broken and sad and bring from it wholeness and joy.
We ought to never underestimate the power of God's love and our part in bringing it to people who need it. A word of encouragement, an act of kindness, a prayer for the needs of others and just the willingness to come alongside others demonstrates the heart of God. We are called to be the words, hands and feet of God and we can leave the results to the Holy Spirit. We are His messengers, He has the power to redeem hearts and circumstances.
Think of the privilege we have to be invited by the God of the universe to join him in His work. Too often we think that we are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. The truth is just the opposite. God wants to use us as His agents to bring truth, love, healing, justice and comfort in a world that lacks all of these. Think about the significance of that. We are His agents in His work to bring His redemption to people who need it through the work of His Spirit. That puts a whole different spin on our lives entirely!
Redemptive moments are those moments where it is obvious that we can bring the love to Jesus to those who need it. When God presents them, don't ignore them. How people respond to our (God's) love is not our business - bring Jesus to them is! It may be food for the hungry or shelter for the homeless, a visit for the sick or encouragement for the broken. Redemptive moments are precious because they give us the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with those who need it. Never let such a moment go to waste. Jesus didn't.
I long for the day when God's people understand the power they have in Jesus to impact the world for Him. The opportunities come, one redemptive moment at a time. Pray for them, watch for them and take advantage of them. Just as Jesus did in the Gospels when he came across needy people.
Posted from State College, PA
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