Purpose, Passion, and Community Need

With so much hate being spread throughout our world and society, I believe it is time for Christians to stand up for what we really believe in, LOVE. I recent days “LOVE” seems like the four letter “F” bomb.

A popular song by Hal David and Burt Bacharach echoes my sentiments,

“What the World needs now is love sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love sweet love. No, not just for some, but for everyone.”

While here in Jackson, MS paving the way for the ministry God has called us to, I am reminded of the need for the Body of Christ to wake up and revolutionize how we think of church and ministry. Through conversations with various Jacksonians, I am more encouraged about the purpose we will serve here and the importance of such a “work”.

Empowerment to serve a greater purpose than ourselves is a call that has been sung from the beginning of time down through history and continues today. Light of Grace here in Jackson will strive to shine the love of God on all in the Jackson community and throughout the world through service and radical reconcilatory events.

Love will be our ends and Grace will be our means.

This week I have begun the process of solidifying our first major ministry project at one of the area middle schools and I look forward to continuing our conversations and growing towards finalizing the program, to begin in the Fall. (On Friday I will begin to do my weekly report on our progress as a ministry.)

As we continue to brainstorm about where we can impact the community most effectively and how we can emerge ourselves into the lives of the folks, the question of passion and community need has echoed deep in my heart.

As I watch the hate among our fellow Americans over a necessity such as basic health care, the question of passion and community need echoes deep in my heart.

As Christians, what are we passionate about? Are we passionate about the things God is passionate about?

Jesus commands us and teaches us Matthew 22:34-40 what we are to be passionate about, then explains throughout Matthew how we have “neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.” (in Matthew 23:23)

We as Christians are not called to seek justice by the means of hatred, discord, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and everything else we have seen. Rather we are called to seek justice by our living. We are called to influence our world and politics through living our lives by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. All of which are given by the Spirit of God, through Christ. (Galatians 5)

As we continue to move forward in our personal, yet interconnected lives, how do we make sure our passions as Christians, are more aligned with God’s passions? How do we as Christians operate out a framework that sees the world with the lens of Christ (Matthew 5)? Read it, Think about it, and discuss it with other.

Be the the change.

Let’s Get It!!!

 

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One thought on “Purpose, Passion, and Community Need

  1. Son; I believe in you and your Ministry…I know God has a calling on your life and he has a journey for you…You and your lovely wife will be a blessing to Jackson Ms…and they will be a blessing to you…the life that you have lived has prepared you to be the Pastor that God has ordained you to be…I love you and my prayers are with you…Go forth in the name of Jesus and know that I’m in your corner….you have been taught by the best and you are still learning…hold your head up and everyday learn something to add to your ministry…Mother.

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