Well I just completed a series called “Following Jesus” and looking at what it takes to be a disciple of Christ. I know that the sermons were tougher and more pointed but what I wanted people to understand is that truly lives are at stake and it rests in the hands of the whole church universal. We are called to be a people that is so passionate and in love with Christ that the natural outpouring of our love for Christ leads us to love ALL people no matter the issues, circumstances or anything that may be seen in the world as offensive. Christ’s love will cover all those other earthly things and transform us into people with a big heart to see people change their lives and to glorify God.
When I say people’s lives are at stake, I really mean it. Remember we have discussed that in this world over 5 billion people do not profess Jesus as Savior and in this world the injustice of people has completely devastated lives. Let me give you some examples:
- Each day over 7,400 kids die each day from Malnutrition in the world.
- Approximately 3.5 million people, 1.35 million of them children, are likely to experience homelessness in a given year here in America.
- Almost 70% of kids in America are on free or reduced lunch and several of those eat nothing else unless they are at school.
- A little over 38 million people die each year in the world from preventable diseases.
- It is estimated that 153 million children worldwide, ranging from infants to teenagers, have become orphans each year. There are over 120,000 orphans in America, while another 400,000 children live without permanent families in America.
So what does this say to the church? It is time for a change in how we do things. We have to become less selfish on ourselves and focus on the needs and care of others so that lives may be changed for the glory of God. We have to pray that the outside walls of our churches disappear and we see with the eyes and heart of Christ at a world depraved of the life giving, hope restoring and heart filling Savior, Jesus Christ. We are called to make a difference one person at a time. So take some leaps of faith with me and let’s transform lives. Believe me you will see life change and be blessed.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40