I am fixated on this one message: God is passionately and relentlessly devoted to seeing His creation healed, reconciled, and fully restored in beauty and justice. He is committed to global healing.
“For it pleased the Father that in Him (in Jesus) all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself…” Colossians 1:20
Part of this movement of global healing that Jesus began on the day of His resurrection, includes us being fully alive as humans, realizing and embracing the fact that we were made for greatness. We were made to receive the earth-shattering love of our Creator and to offer that love up to Him and out to our world. We were made to partner with God in establishing His kingdom of peace on the earth. Our significance and destiny is realized not as we “go” and do “missions” for God but as we know the Person of Jesus and as we offer Him to the world around us in our daily living.
Global healing sounds huge, I know. But the good news, is that it actually starts right here, right now in the things you are already doing. It starts with God at work in you, in me, in our homes, in our workplaces, in our schools, and in our communities.
For me, this is what most of my daily living looks like:
Global healing is based on the ripple effect of restoration working from the inside to the outside of our lives. Global healing begins as we each know Love in a real, tangible, everyday life kind of way and let others into that relationship. It’s in the moments when my momma-fury creeps in, yet I choose to pause and receive Jesus’ peace rather than scream like a boiling tea-kettle at my kids. Then it continues as I take another moment to repent and explain to my kids the experience I just had with Jesus being my peace and taking my anger. It’s modeling for them how Jesus really matters in my life.
It’s the moments I linger for empathetic conversation at the counter with the lonely Starbucks regular, when I’d rather just grab my coffee and run. It’s the moments when I let love invade my moment-to-moment mess at the park, in the dishes, in the daily grind and I slow down enough see Him at work in the people and moments all around and to do what He is doing in LOVE.
The love of Jesus. It is not only relevant- it’s revolutionary. It changes us from the inside-out. It makes a difference in our daily living. Believe, receive and give it away every chance you get. Life is short and Christ in us really is the hope of glory. This broken world is waiting for love to fill up and overflow from our lives.
“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27