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Christian Participation in nation building
Vs 4,5 - But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit..
In Paul’s letter to Titus, he advises him to teach the people how to treat figures of authority. He tells that that God did not save us because of our own merits or good deeds but because of His love and mercy towards us. Christ has ignited in us the spirit of hope so that through our lives we can be examples to other of God’s grace. Over the past couple of years, it has been hard to ignore the changes we have gone through as a nation not only at home but abroad as well. We see a dynamic shift where the love we once shared as a country has started to diminish over time and we wonder as Christians what can we do? We as Christians have been given the gift of salvation and the task of proclaiming his kingdom. I know the first thing that we think of when someone says “proclaiming the word” is going out and preaching. But that is not our only option. There is so much more that we can do. It is through our actions big or small that can impact someone’s life. Also, this doesn’t mean to force feed the gospel to them. It is through our actions and love that they know we are Christians. It can be as simple as saying “Hi, how are you?” to the lonely kid in class or the coworker that is always by themselves. To organizing a blood drive, soup kitchen or charitable activity for the community. Overtime people will get curious and ask why you do the things you do. And that is the time you know how to answer. I am not asking anyone to become the next Joel Osteen, Billy graham, or Pope Francis. But God has given us many talents and abilities to glorify his kingdom. All that is required is that you don’t keep it hidden and let it waste away but to use it. It will make all the more difference in your life and the lives of others.
During this week we have been focusing on how Christians can participate in nation building. At first it may seem like we have to do something big in order to build a nation but it all starts with changing one life at a time and spreading the light of God to each other. Slowly over time as people see the love of God in our actions, they will spread the same message as well and we as Christians can change our nation. Sometimes it is in the smallest actions that the most profound changes can take place. “The whole being of any Christian is faith and love. Faith brings the person to God; love brings the person to people.” - Martin Luther
Dear Lord, teach us as Christian to use the talents you have given us to make a difference in the lives of other so they may spread you light to those around them. In Jesus name, Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
It is sometimes the smallest acts of kindness that can unify peoples. Bentley Joseph, St. Johns MTC, NY Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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