Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire! Hebrews 12:28-29
When Jesus was here, the social environment was pretty black and white. I think He walked in a place where you were either somebody or nobody. Either you were elite or you were trash. There wasn’t a lot of in-between.
Jesus went to the so-called “trash,” and He made them feel so good. And when the Spirit of God is in us, we are free to do the same thing. Obviously Jesus was able to do things that we don’t always have the ability to do. You might say that He cheated a bit by doing things that we usually can’t do, like healing people. But there are a lot of things we can do to reflect Jesus. We can love our neighbors. Basically, that’s what Jesus did. What if people looked at you, and saw Jesus reflected back to them? What would that be like?
I think when Jesus was around people, they felt consumed. I think that’s why they called Him a “consuming fire.” They were around Jesus and they said, “I finally have peace. My mind is calm. I don’t feel like a loser. I feel like a winner! I don’t feel lost. I feel like I’ve been found!” It felt so good to be around Jesus! People felt consumed by it.
Jesus could do that with people just by talking to them. He made them feel like they were somebody. He went to the so-called “trash,” and He made them feel like royalty. And He loved them for who they were, right at that moment. He didn’t promise to love them later, after they cleaned up a bit, or succeeded at some task. No. He loved them right then, just as He found them.
He loves us the same way. He loves us just as He finds us. And when we have Him in us, we can do the same thing. That means we can bring peace to people. That means we can draw them to God, who will bless them and bring them into His kingdom, where they will live as His precious sons and daughters.
When the Spirit of God works through you, then He’ll lead you to what you need to do.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
Happy Independence Day! See you Thursday.