By Kevin Ramos
June 4, 2020
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2 Samuel 22:1-23:23
You, like me, may be feeling perplexed, or overwhelmed with emotions difficult to describe due to the recent events in our country. We as followers of Jesus are grieved because we know that all human beings are made in God's image, and every human life is one of dignity, value, worth, and purpose. When we see human beings losing their lives due to the color of their skin, or being treated as if they are less than human, we grieve and are indignant at the injustice we see.
Many of us are also overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. As we watch the number of COVID-19 cases continue to grow, it's easy to lose hope. Most of us likely never expected to experience a pandemic in our lifetime, yet this has become our new reality.
It can feel incredibly difficult to find hope in the midst of what we're facing, but throughout human history, when all has seemed hopeless, God has shined brightly, namely through the love and sacrifice of His saints.
Acts 2 gives us a perfect picture of sacrificial love and service in the early church, and a perfect example for today's church to follow. They lived out the Word and prayed. They didn't consider anything to be their own, but all was to be shared. They healed the sick. They lived supremely sacrificial lives, always putting others above themselves, and "awe came upon every soul." They were in awe of what human beings who sacrifice their lives for Jesus are able to accomplish. They were in awe of the joy that they felt; joy that made all other joy they've ever felt feel like rubbish.
This sacrificial love was passed down to the church in the Roman Empire during one of the Great Plagues. At the earliest signs of symptoms people were shunned and thrown into the streets, but the Christians risked their lives to help, and saved many people.
We today face different adversities, but we serve the same God who promises the same message of hope, and the same unmatched joy of serving Him. As we lay down our lives, the gospel will speak through our actions, and people won't be able to help but ask where our hope comes from.
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.
— Proverbs 16:19
Prayer to start with:Father, help us to not only find hope and love from you in this life, but be the example of hope and love for others. In doing so, we pray that others would come to know of your love, and find joy beyond all comparison, joy that can only be found when living by design.