While it may seem I have dropped out of sight and hopefully not out of mind, I’m still here. I am having a bit of a dry spell, and Larry and I have been helping a very dear friend pack up her home. She sold her home, where she has lived for over thirty years and is moving closer to her siblings. Her husband passed away nearly two years ago. We are going to miss her terribly; the good news is she will be only a couple of hours away.
I decided today to give you a treat and share with you an article Russell wrote for our bulletin a couple of weeks ago. I hope to write again soon. Enjoy!!
“Gandi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Though Gandhi didn’t consider himself a Christian, he was here advocating a profound Kingdom truth.
Often people want to change the world before they themselves are changed. It never works. In fact, I’d argue that nothing damages the world more than damaged people constantly trying to fix it. The best thing anyone can do for the world is to follow Gandhi’s advice and simply be the change they want to see in the world.
Our job as Kingdom people is not to fix government, society, and the world. Our job is not to position ourselves as Caesar’s wise and morally superior advisors. Our job is not to come up with the smartest, most practical, most caring solutions to the world’s problems. As individuals and as a tribe, our job is simply to be the Kingdom. Our job is simply to be the change God wants to see in the world. Our job is simply to be faithful, however impractical and irresponsible this may look to people who put all their trust in the power-over efficiency of laws, policies, technology, bombs, and bullets.
This is our call. This is our identity. And this is our warfare. To live faithful to the reign of God is to live in revolt against everything that is inconsistent with this reign.” Gregory Boyd
Our calling is the same as Abraham’s was. Leave Haran and come follow me, which is very reminiscent of the words Jesus spoke. “Like a stranger in a foreign country” is the description that the Hebrew writer assigns Abraham. Peter refers to us as strangers in the world who have been chosen for obedience to Jesus Christ. Re-read that last sentence. I have been chosen for obedience!?. (I’m not for sure how to punctuate that sentence.) Jesus’ call to us has always been, come follow me. Following Jesus is counter-culture. Following Jesus demands a radically different agenda for our lives than our culture lures us into. Read Luke 6:27-36 then try to convince me that all the things that we are called to obedience in aren’t impractical and irresponsible, especially to the world!
I connect our calling with Abraham for a reason: hope! Abraham did it! He followed. He lived a radical life hoping against hope in the faithfulness of God. He was chosen for obedience, lived out obedience (not exactly flawlessly either), and brought a blessing to others through obedience. Abraham changed the world because he surrendered himself to God and God changed him for His glory. And we can do it too! We can follow. We can live a radical life, hoping against hope in the faithfulness of God. We can change the world through our obedience to God! Because
God will work in us and through us to change us to counter-culture Kingdom people that others will see and say, “I see Christ in you, the hope of glory! This is our call. This is our identity. This is our warfare.
Come, follow me!
Article Written by Russell Hill
Published in Bulletin, Skiatook Church of Christ