Do You Trust in God?
WE ARE GROWING AS A COMMUNITY!
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Hey everyone, it’s been a long week. I missed you! I hope you’re doing fabulous. Let’s get started with the Gospel. This one is from Mark.
Gospel Mark 6: 7-13
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Ooooo … How much trust do YOU have in God? Could you go out preaching a brand new community and a new faith with no money? All you got is a pair of sandals, a Tunic, which is basically a big old robe and a walking stick! How much trust they must have had that God was going to provide, and not only that, but how much faith did they have that God was not only going to provide for them, but that humanity was going to provide for them—meaning they were going to accept hospitality from strangers. That is crazy! Especially back then when certain foods were un-pure and you shouldn’t eat them, certain people were labeled un-pure and uh, you know, kind of like second class citizens. Some of those that were sick were cast out because they were unclean. So here they are, two by two, going into brand new villages and creating a new community! They are loving their brothers and sisters, no matter who they are, what faith they have, what sicknesses and illnesses they have, or demons that are possessing their body. They are out there to speak of repentance, Jesus, Christianity and a whole new way of life.
Now, that is exactly what I am trying to do with this Compassionate Culture, this group and this community and these vlogs that you are all looking at and signed up for are because I believe (and so does Jesus) that we can change the world! WE can create a community of loving, caring people—all we have to do is start!
First—I say, you gotta trust in God. Oh my goodness, if I only knew that decades ago, I wonder what my life would be like! And second, you have to love your neighbor as yourself! So your challenge this week is to trust that God wants you exactly where you are. That He loves you and the circumstances that you’re in are for a reason. Just ask Him to guide you, pray and spend some time in silence so you can actually hear where He wants you to go. And then be adorably sweet to everybody! And that means everybody! Your enemies, the people that you’ve been in fights with for years, whether it’s your family or your friends, that guy or gal that you work with that nobody really likes. Why don’t you go knock on the office or go to their cubicle and say, ”Let’s go grab a cup of coffee. What’s been going on in your life?” Be genuinely concerned for their welfare.
That is what loving thy neighbor is about.
I want you to share how you’re doing that this week. Really, what are you doing to change the face of this world? Because it is so filled with hatred. I can’t even stand turning on the TV and the news. Sometimes it’s just ridiculous! But every single one of us has the power to change it and that is what the purpose of Living The Gospel in the 21st century is all about—in 2018!
What these guys did to spread the word in the very, very beginning is what WE should also do and the best way to spread the word is to live it. You don’t need to speak about the Gospel. You need to be a loving human being to others.
Don’t forget to share! A lot of you haven’t been sharing lately, so get out there and add some comments so that we can start a conversation and see how you are actually living the Gospel, creating a different community, a different culture, a different feel.
Until next time, have a blessed and inspired week.