Lately it would seem that many are finding it hard to bear the burden of being the Church. Headlines read like nothing we have seen before; battles, earthquakes, tsunamis, homelessness, brokenness in spirit and hope, brutality in increasing numbers, disregard for human life, disregard for simple compassion and mercy. It’s enough to make us all want to hide under the covers.
And yet, we are commanded to care for those in distress, to stand up for those who cannot stand on their own, Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world (James 1:27 HCSB).
We are called to come along side the weak, the displaced, the broken, the hurting- to be Christ for them.
How do we do this when the Church is being attacked at increasing speeds? How do we stand up for the Truth of Christ when so many are saying God doesn’t matter, whatever feels good is worth doing, when the waves of darkness and brokenness seem to be building into their own tsunami?
How do we find any sense of hope in the middle of this darkness? It feels like the enemy is winning and it isn’t worth putting on the battle armor anymore. Why bother? It won’t make a difference.
And yet, this amazing plan of God’s is being seen through our finite eyes. We, the Church, look like the underdog, the one with no chance of winning, the one who shouldn’t even suit up, but instead stay in the locker room, or better yet, just go home.
God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8).” And He also says this, And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water as a gift to the thirsty from the spring of life (Revelation 21:6). And finally, God says this in Revelation 22:13; I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
God is not going to hide, God is not going stop suiting up, God is going to show up and show off— through us to show the world, that though the Bride is weary from waiting for her Bridegroom, she is not finished. She is not giving up (2 Peter 3:8-9).
She will still serve the poor, love the needy, gather supplies for those who are without, love the widows, love the orphans, speak up for those who have no voice.
Yes, to many it may seem that the darkness is growing. But we are the Children of the Light, Philippians 2:5 says it so well, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. We are called to shine the Love of God into the darkness, we are called to This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers (1 John 3:16).
More encouraging words come from 1 John 2:7-8– Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old command that you have had from the beginning. The old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
Through our faithfulness to serve God and God’s Almighty power- the gates of Hell will not prevail (Matthew 16:18) ….