An Open Letter to Whoever

What are you afraid of? I know I am scared of spiders, horror movies, and dark corners in dimly lit rooms… I am a big scaredy cat, but I digress…

I am not talking about those arbitrary fears.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

What I am talking about is when world events assume to shake our foundations, and cause us to tremble and run around like chickens with our heads cut off.

When events that happen culturally, socially, and globally interrupt our daily lives, why is it that more often than not it’s the Church that seems to lag behind with answers, hope, sending, activating and mobilizing groups into communities?

Shouldn’t it be Christians mobilizing communities and efforts to care for the needy? To send hope to the ones who cannot fend for themselves? Isn’t it the church that called us to be ‘light of the world?’ and ‘salt of the earth?’

I am perplexed to find that many so called christians are the ones behind the screens, congregating and virtually hanging out instead of being the front line to let the community know that there is a hope, and peace greater than what this world has to offer.

Therefore, we already KNOW there will be trials, and troubles in the world. So, shouldn’t it not be a surprise when something happens in the world?

I say all this not on my own accord, but by the very words Jesus said in John 16:33, Jesus says: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Therefore, we already KNOW there will be trials, and troubles in the world. So, shouldn’t it not be a surprise when something happens in the world?

2020 was… what it was. 2021 can turn out the be same, as it… has so far. Whatever may happen in a given year, we already know that there will be trouble in this world, and yet, why do we clam up, or get shook when something happens?

Christian, why do you fret? The world in which we are visiting has already been overcome by the Servant King!

When we think about playing in a basketball game (for example), the coach lays out the game plan so that if something goes wrong, the team knows to go back to the game plan, the team has a foundation on which to play on. Isn’t this kind of the same thing? For the one that calls Jesus ‘Lord’, and ‘Savior’, He has already given us the game plan to LIFE.

There is no doubt that there will be trouble in this world, but what does Jesus say? He has overcome the world! And more than that, another way to say ‘take heart’ is ‘to have courage’. We can take courage! We do not have to live with shaken knees, or with our heads down… We can live courageously because we know that Christ has overcome the world!

Christian, why do you fret? The world in which we are visiting has already been overcome by the Servant King!

Why do we clam up, or get shook when something happens?

I’m going through a bit of my own deconstruction as I look at the what the Church is and isn’t doing, compared to what the community is doing and there seems to be a disproportion in how the church isn’t showing up and I ask myself… how come?

I’m convicted of the words of Jesus because if I am to take His Word seriously then I have no need to be surprised at what happens next in the world. What is certain? Trouble, trials- that’s for certain. Yet, Jesus throws in a curveball, as if to say these trials and troubles do not have the last word. “But, take heart- have courage, I have overcome the world.” To the Christian, and to anyone fretting over the daily troubles of this world- Someone has brought peace- Someone has walked the earth that you and I walk- Someone has overcome the powers that be- and that’s News that we can take courage in. I rest in that assurance, and walk with my head high because a Savior not of this world has overcome the powers that cripple you and I on the daily.

Author: HopefulWriter

A nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody

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