In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” Matthew 3:1-3 (NLT)
In our church we are going through the book of Acts. Many of us are watching “A.D.”—the special shown on television on Sunday nights. Seeing the visuals has really helped to bring the reality to me—the followers of Jesus faced ridicule, disdain, being called uneducated and stupid, and so much more. They faced losing everything—families, jobs, security, health, and their very lives. I have been asking myself:
- What am I facing by being a Christian today?
- Can I practice God’s love and mercy while seeking to obey his law and following his commandments? Am I to obey things that this country calls lawful which oppose God’s law? I’m not calling for condemnation of sinners—for we all are sinners. Jesus, in his great love and mercy, paid the price for all who will believe. Unfortunately, we will still sin over and over again…repent again…sin again…repent again…
- Does love and mercy mean anything goes? Is there a line, and where is it? Jesus’ sacrifice gives us freedom from the law—but what does that freedom really mean?
- Is it possible to be for Jesus if I only tell the love and mercy part? Perhaps I am to show the love and mercy part, and live boldly by the law he has given me to live by. What would that look like?
- If I am a believer who has dedicated my life to God, how am I showing that in my day-to-day living, in my life goals, in my legacy?
- Can I truly be a child of God if I am not willing to grow in him, open myself to him, want more of him and less of me? How am I to respond politically if I am the vine and He is the branches?
So here is one action step I am taking today–sharing these questions and this video with you.