“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL”
This was the text message many received last week. 38 minutes of panic later, the message went out that it was, in fact, a false alarm. Have you ever wondered how much panic you could do in 38 minutes?
The Christian life, unlike the announcement in Hawaii, is no false alarm. It is not a drill.
God is primarily after a relationship with a people, this people is the Church. As members of the Church we have a responsibility to carry out the mission of the Church, and that mission is to do what Jesus said when he read from Isaiah in the synagogue, or when answering John’s disciples, or speaking to his disciples about judgement,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4:18-19.
And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. Matthew 11:4-5.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Matthew 25:35 -36
That is it. That is the work of the church. When we see the hungry being fed, the stranger, even the foreigner, welcomed, the sick and the imprisoned visited and the word of God being preached to the poor; then we see the work of God being done. These are the qualities that show whether we living in the kingdom of God.
Jesus said that the two greatest commandments were love God with everything you have, and love your neighbour as you love yourself. He told his disciples that people will know we follow him by the way we treat others. That is we have to love others as Jesus has loved us.
To love others as Jesus loves them we have to be more like Jesus. That was what I meant in the blog of 31st December on going further in. Further up was showing this love in the world. This is still how I an planning to live in 2018.
This is no drill. other people’s lived depend on it.