Words for Turbulent Times

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We need the Word for turbulent times. Today, so much animosity exists in the world, the country, in the church. Faith seems to have become politicized, legalism reigns, and a “win” justifies any means necessary.

I pray that we all heal, unify, and find inner peace. One way is simply to follow Jesus and do what he did. A brief glance at the Gospel of John 1-13 shows us what we can do: caring for creation, teaching, healing others, feeding the poor, loving children, praying, and of course his main commandments: Loving God and each other, including unbelievers and sinners. For why did Jesus come? We all know John 3:16 by heart. But it continues in verse 17:  “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” 

In John 13, Jesus ends up washing the disciples’ feet. There are several meanings including washing off the “filth” of the world. Salvation is a done deal for believers, but sanctification requires constant cleansing and growth. It also shows Jesus modeling great humility and servanthood. Jesus declares that he’s shown us an example and we must follow it, serving one another in humility and love. We partake in the Kingdom through a servant heart.

So, to get through these turbulent times of disunity I see us having two positive paths: pray for Jesus’s soon return; and serve in humility, loving one another and God. Let’s not get too wrapped up in  the world. I know I have, occasionally, and I repent.

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Scott and Gigi Martell have served with New International since 2009. Scott worked with Project Mercy in Ethiopia from 2007-2009. In 2009, Scott and Gigi established a mercy ministry in Ethiopia that empowers women and children and follows James 1:27.

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