“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV
To live in Christ is to love with the love of Christ. It inhabits all that we do for other people, how we treat others and our ability to live in community with everyone. We look after the stranger with the same attention that we look after the friend. We don’t do it because we feel an affinity for those we serve, but because we are serving the Lord.
Over the last couple weeks we have seen the worst that man can do, the very antithesis of God’s love. People of all stripes find themselves disregarding the thoughts and feelings of others, as battle lines have drawn, not across territories, but hearts. Endless disputing has shown the deep divide that separates one from another.
In all of this I have seen beautiful moments. I have seen people coming together to clean up after the rioting. People of many races, and social stripes, laying aside differences, to begin to bring healing to a divided land.
I remember a moment early in the rioting when a group of black men in Louisville surrounded a police officer who had been separated from his group. They formed a human shield around him and kept him from harm.
I am clinging to those moments as my heart is rent by all that I have seen. We need more of those times where strangers do unto others as if doing for the Lord. It should not be simply something that is happening in the midst of trouble, but rather, behaviors that should be part of everyday life.
Those of us who are saved by the shed blood of Jesus, have a obligation to lead the way. We have the Holy Spirit in us, the infinite power of God Almighty, empowering us to show the love of Christ. We must show the others how to love, how to serve, how to bring peace from strife.
I can tell you, it is not easy. I have chosen to love even those that do not love me. I have chosen to suffer slights, to endeavor to keep my heart open and raw, that I may exemplify Christ to those who do not believe. I serve the friend and the stranger, I pray for the enemies. I try to serve and love without partiality, even when it hurts.
That is what is needed today.
Jesus went to the cross for the sins of the world. He died for people who hated Him, reviled the Father, and wanted Him dead. God shows no partiality in His blessings, as He loves all of us. He also shows no partiality in His judgement. We must be about the Father’s business in this time of darkness. We are seeing sin up close. We are also seeing some of the real time consequences. For those who have not called upon the Lord for forgiveness, hell is waiting. Hell will receive all people, regardless of race. Damnation is equal opportunity indeed.
Believers, pray the Lord open your heart. Pray for opportunities to serve the sinner and the saint. Do all that you do as if you are serving the Lord. In doing so you are honoring God and your reward will be great!
There can be peace. No ordinance will bring it about, no act of Congress, no executive order. Only the Gospel and the people of God who bring it forth.
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