I have been stewing on events and thoughts and words for a few days now and not really knowing how to piece it all together coherently. Today I felt like the Lord was knitting it together a little more, so I’m going to try to get what is in my heart and head out on virtual “paper”…
A day or two after the horrific school shooting in Florida, I began reading 1 Peter and was struck with the words Peter wrote in verse 3.
“…In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope…”
Those words have painted such a beautiful picture in my head and has stayed with me over the last few days – new birth – Living hope –
Both sides can argue gun control until everyone is blue in the face and no one is going to walk away satisfied with the outcome of that argument. But what we cannot argue is the fact a gun is an inanimate object. There are no living components. Only metal pieces molded and assembled together, lifeless. There is nothing a gun can do without a human connection.
It is that humanness that causes us to live in a world with broken people.
It is that humanness that has allowed us to take God out of our schools, out of our jobs, out of our relationships, out of our families, even out of our churches.
When we take God out of our lives, we are left hopeless.
When we take God out of our day to day lives, we allow the enemy a foothold that he will fight to keep. The enemy has been fighting hard and he has been winning battles.
Are you willing to fight even harder than the enemy?
Are you willing to stand up and say “I’m putting God back where He belongs”?
We, and, yes, I mean each one of us, have allowed the enemy to get hold of our schools, our lives, our churches. We have allowed our humanness to become more important and prevalent than our God.
We have walked away from the Living Hope.
Our living hope comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our living hope will sustain us every day as we as walk through this life filled with brokenness. Our living hope will take that brokenness and knit it back together, heal it, and make it whole again.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)
God has given us a new birth into a living hope.
Grasp that hope.
Live a new life.
Live a new life filled with living hope.
Live out that living hope in every part of your life so that others will see that hope in your life and want it for themselves.
Living thru faith,