Our ministry work is as deeply Spiritual as it is unmistakably human. Our love for God must include active compassion for humanity.
Jesus came to end the curse that had kept us alienated from God. We often call this alienating force sin. What it is in practical terms is that damnable desire to always serve self first; first before God and first before others. Self-determination with God leads directly to selfishness with other humans. If I accept Jesus, that act is a declaration that I need God’s leadership over my life. A true humility before God should translate into a selfless love for other humans, a new, radical impulse to seek the good of my neighbors and of all humanity.
For “faith” in Jesus to be real, it must result in discipleship – following Jesus’ lifestyle. The Spirit of Christ in me will results in tangible differences in life choices. Followers don’t simply agree with what Jesus said. I am a follower when I instinctively act as he would act; pursue what he would pursue. I’m a follower when I eagerly give up my life for a lifestyle of humility toward God and a life of sacrifice and active love toward humanity.
When Christian community reflects this view of relationship with God & people accurately, the people of God become a dramatic demonstration of God’s coming kingdom. Participants and observers alike can proclaim, “The kingdom of God is here” (Matt. 10).
This is our end; to establish and support small, local church communities built around humility toward God; communities in love for humanity sets aside consumerism, selfish independence, isolation and self-focused living, making them truly a thing of the past.