One of the wonderful things I discovered on becoming a Christian was just how personal it all was. Jesus knew me; had known me from before my conception.
Had watched me grow, develop and mature, and constantly longed that I might turn my gaze towards him as he steadily gazed upon me. I was encouraged by the reality that if I alone was in need of salvation, Jesus would still have endured the cross and its shame to bring me home to himself.
I soon discovered that while this personal attention was wonderful, it was also dangerous. If not careful, I might craft a Christianity that was bespoke to my preferences alone. How quickly I joined the choir of voices criticising worship and sermon alike.
Instead of fellowshipping to grow in faith, I was appointing myself judge and jury of each and every element of the church’s practice, and on no greater authority than my own preferences! While I am unique in the eyes of God, I am not alone in benefiting from God’s love.
The final words Jesus entrusted to his disciples were to go and make disciples of others, in other words, share the friendship. The early picture of the Church is one that shared together, and Paul reminds us how Jesus demonstrated the urgency of putting others’ needs over and above our own.
The social space is increasingly defined by selfishness. There appears a lack of what is called altruism – living as though the needs of others mattered. From the simplicity of a smile, to helping in support of some valuable local community initiative, remind yourself that while loved uniquely, you are not loved alone.
The mission of God is as strong as your commitment to live out God’s life of love and acceptance in everything that makes up your world today.
(Dr Micha Jazz)
With many peaceful blessings