My heart is heavy. As we all have heard, seen, read, watched....this week has been tough for America. Shootings, violence, racism, division in the times when unity is needed most, revenge of more shootings..... We are broken.
When things like this occur, I feel the world stopping. I feel the concerns that I have concerning my own life slowly disappear. I am overwhelmed with deep compassion to care more for others than I could ever care for myself. I feel tears streaming for those who I do not know, but who I would do anything to comfort right now.
Brothers and sisters....this is what we all are.
Jesus proclaims he will pour out his spirit on ALL flesh, holiness is not a mean of segregation. God looks at humanity as ONE, not divisions. We live in a culture where people are valued based on what we agree on. We live in a culture that is ran by a political and religious system. Friends, if God is a place of refuge, we should be a place of refuge too...regardless of skin color, culture, backgrounds....we are all one. If we see bad things happening in our city and consider it "those people" who are doing wrong, just stop right there. God entrusted us with these cities, we are entrusted to be a light for these people around us. Have a mission field right where you go and right where you are.
I was telling my husband last night that oftentimes I feel the enemy defeating me. When news like this spreads throughout social media and the news, it is as if any single thing I can do will not be enough to let others know about how GOOD my Father is. I want to help, but I feel too small. But in that moment, I feel the Holy Spirit softly reminding me about the pages I read in Fervent by Priscilla Shirer (HIGHLY advise all you women to pick up that book), the enemy loves to silence us. He loves for us to sit back when these things happen. He loves that instead of unity, we put on this defense against "who was right vs who was wrong." He loves for us to see others by their skin than for who they are. He loves to drown our passions to help those in need. He loves to ignite a "someone else will fix it" attitude so that we will stop trying. He loves for us to throw our hands up and watch America spiral down into an even bigger mess.
Friends, we were put on this earth for one reason and one reason only. To share the GOOD News of Jesus. We were made to be disciples, proclaiming His name and baptizing those who come to know him. Never sit back and allow someone else to do the work. Let us rise up and proclaim from the rooftops. Lets us walk the streets, laying our hands on those who need prayer. Let us show hospitality and invite those into our home for deep conversation. Let us see each other as equal to ourselves. Let us remember the deep love that Jesus had for all he encountered. Let us remember the command that He gave to love the same way.
"For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”