Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Psalm 37:5-6
July fourth – a day of celebration for all who are Americans, both near and abroad. It is a day of jubilation and freedom celebrated in many ways in different American cultures. I love the concept of the United States of America- many different peoples coming together to form one body of people called Americans. As Americans-we are a country rich in traditions and diversity, having not one particular race, color, or nationality. The New Testament uses the same illustration of many different people with diverse talents and purposes who come together in unity of the Spirit to form the Body of Christ. Unity- the coming together of different members for one common goal or purpose. This is the model Jesus left us for His church. Is this possible in today’s segmented, fragmented society? Is unity still possible in the Church of Jesus Christ?
I am most fortunate to be in a body of believers who truly understand the concept of unity Paul illustrates in 1 Corinthians 12:14 when he states For the body is not one member, but many. The idea of unity sounds great in reality, but in practical application is often lacking in appeal and effectiveness. Honestly, how much of the Body of Christ is truly effective in the Great Commission, living a life of victory in Jesus,and in reaching out to the needy in a sustained ongoing basis. Ministry is inconvenient, it’s messy because we, the people are messy, it’s difficult, it’s time consuming, and often with what seems to those involved little results. But do we persevere in the face of adversity and what looks like certain defeat? Yes, overwhelmingly yes!
Learning to look at situations and circumstances with God’s eyes, not human understanding is what the challenge requires. What looks like a bad thing to me is often an opportunity that I dismiss (oh, God wouldn’t ask me to do that- when yes, He would!) or overlook (look with blinders on) because I don’t have God’s mind on the matter. (I call his God showing me that I don’t know it all!)
Our country was forged by people who fought battles, worked hard, overcame impossible odds with little, but together, with God’s guidance, brought forth the most powerful, influential country on the face of the earth. I truly believe our country was founded on Christian principles by men and women of faith who were led by God to create a “more perfect union” of individuals who desired to live in peace, harmony, and unity. A county where many different peoples could exist in peace and prosperity, as long as they followed God’s ways.
As we can look to the heroes of the past, we see those who gave of themselves- fully, often with their lives to the cause of freedom for all which they so wholeheartedly believed. We, as the Body of Christ, must look to the ” great cloud of witnesses” and remember the past soldiers of faith and look to their example of perseverance in adversity, faithfulness in faithless times, love extended to the unloveable, and patience in trials. Through much soul searching and prayer, I have come to the following conclusion: If America is truly the land of the free and the home of the brave, then let us stand up and be about the Father’s business for her. Some things that have come to me this week are to walk through the doors God opens for me, look for them and walk through with great excitement and faith, be ready (equipped) to go when the doors (yes doors- He is a God of infinite possibilities) opens through time with God and in His word, pray about everything (Phil. 4:6) – get the mind of God on all matters in life and in ministry, and finally never cease to give thanks to the God of all creation for who He is to you and what He has done for you-daily. Just as the founders of this country worked diligently to create America, let us work the more diligently to create a nation of godly men and women who glorify God with their lives. Then, we shall come forth as a bright light in the darkness and shine with the love of God for all around us to see. I pray our country comes forth on the fourth to stand up for Jesus Christ and His purposes for our nation.
Dear Father in heaven, let us shine as the noonday sun to those lost in darkness, those to whom You have sent each of us today to show Your love and kindness. Father, show us what you would have each to do with the life You have given. Open doors of ministry in our everyday lives that You planned from the beginning and grant us boldness and the perseverance to keep going in the difficult times, knowing our purpose. Now to You belong all glory, power, and dominion forever. Amen.
One life lived solely for God WILL make a profound difference. To believe anything else is less, A LOT less than what God has planned for you! (Think BIG-God is with you!) I thank God for all who are willing to walk this path for God’s glory and that the Spirit lead you in all you do. May God’s mighty hand be upon you today and always.
It’s freedom day – celebrate Jesus! 🇺🇸