shine in the dark
By Amber Eifler
July 15, 2020
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1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
I have found myself struggling with so many thoughts and feelings during the past four months and I’m sure some of you are too. Something that has stuck with me is trying to figure out how to lead with love and kindness even though the world doesn’t feel so loving and kind right now.
Jesus and the Church have been a part of my life since I was very young. I have always said, “I am Christian,” and said it with confidence, but what do my words mean? Through a series of studies and self-reflection, I’ve had to ask myself the hard question; “what does it mean to say I’m a Christian?” I can say it all I want, but the real question is, “how do I show I am Christian?” It’s not enough to say: “I am a follower of Jesus, I am a believer,” but I have to be able show it through my actions.
During a series about loving your neighbor, I learned that I really don’t know those who live around me. I assume my neighbors know I’m Christian from me blasting, “Graves into Gardens,” or when they hear Adam, Mckenna, or Rob on Sunday mornings through our paper thin walls, but what have I done to show them the good nature of our Lord? My husband and I have made it a point to show our neighbors we love them through random acts of kindness and it has made not only them feel good, but us too. I want to stand out to them so they wonder what makes us different and when this pandemic is over we can share a bigger conversation and can say with real conviction, “We are believers and lead through Jesus!”
Our Lord is all knowing, and He most definitely knows our hearts. Its not enough to say, “I love Jesus,” but its how we give love to His people that show the reflection of what is inside. Maybe this pandemic was dropped right in front of us to challenge us to dig deep into our hearts to spread the love and light of our Lord even in these dark times.
A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.
— Romans 2: 28-29
Prayer to start with: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for being a faithful and all knowing God. Please guide us through these tough times that we are living in and help us to be more like you. We pray that we touch others through our kind actions and lead them to you. Amen.