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Hope for the World – September 29

“Say What?” That is a really good question. If Jesus is the Hope of the world and I have accepted Him as my Lord and savior, then what do I say to let everyone know I have in me the “peace that surpasses all understanding.” The living water that Jesus references at the well when speaking to the Samaritan woman, it flows through me. This is sometimes hard to accept, understand and convey. Early on in my journey with the Lord, I found myself wanting to quote scripture or say the perfect thing or speak fluent “Christianese.” These things didn’t work out so well because it was coming from me, not Him.

 

being-nervousI decided to go within and ask God to help me with all these questions; what to do or say when it feels like the world is looking. For me, in this season of my life, I feel that I am now able to (FINALLY) make myself available to have the very important conversations Pastor Rick so passionately referenced in Sunday’s Sermon. Making yourself available (especially for a Type A like me) is scary!! It means not filling up my calendar and not rushing everywhere I go. It means moving slowly and intentionally so that I notice when someone needs to talk or acknowledging that I should call them and follow up to see if they are ok. It also means talking to strangers (REALLY SCARY) at the checkout line at the supermarket or the bank or at a soccer/hockey/basketball (insert favorite sport here) game. The times that I have acted on the nudge I was feeling have been such a blessing to others and me.

 

Conversation is not always audible. Sometimes it’s just a smile, a nod, eye contact, a pat on the back, or a listening ear. There are so many ways to speak God’s language, to let others know that Jesus lives in your heart and you want others to feel that way too. Jesus did not discriminate as the woman at the well story clearly illustrates. He loved all genders, races, religions, sinners, criminals, everyone. He stated in Mark 12:30-31, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

 

Obedience and self-examination are paramount in this process. If you are feeling that God is telling you to offer time, prayer, comfort or pocket change to a stranger, even if it feels uncomfortable, do it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you are avoiding these situations, ask yourself what is holding you back? Is it fear? Of what?

Go within and prayerfully ask God what you can to do tell the world that we have a Savior and his love is big enough for all of us. Remember that no action is too small, no gesture is unimportant. It all matters in the kingdom. That is the Hope of the World. That is Jesus.

 

  1. How is God speaking to you? In what ways is he asking you to engage with others?
  2. What is holding you back from spreading the Good News of the Gospel?
  3. How have other Christians’ behavior positively impacted your faith walk?

 

 

Erica DePalma

 

 

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