Promise #11 – God Can Reveal Himself to You and Others through Community
I am sure many of you have watched the film Pay It Forward.if you haven’t then it is a good recommendation but have tissues ready for the end. The film is the story of a social studies teacher who gives an assignment to his junior high school class to think of an idea to change the world for the better, then put it into action.
One young student creates a plan for “paying forward” favours. The idea behind this is that instead of paying someone back you find other people to help out. You pay it forward to three people in three big ways.
In the film he not only affects the life of his struggling single mother, but he sets in motion an unprecedented wave of human kindness which, unbeknownst to him, has blossomed into a profound national phenomenon.
We might not call it Paying It Forward but we as the church are the hope for the nation. We, with Christ’s Spirit dwelling inside of us, are to make an impact in the world in the way we act and speak. We are to exist, as one person put it to me many years ago, to make Jesus famous, to make Him known and to leave a trace of Jesus with every person we meet.
No church or person is perfect, but through the grace of Jesus Christ, we can embody Christ when we empty ourselves. Our hands can become his hands, our feet can become his feet, and as the lyrics in Les Miserables indicate, our love can allow another person to see the face of God. Pivotal moments of my faith would only have been possible through other believers. Jesus underlines the power of community when he states, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).
Coming together allows God to reveal himself to you and you to reveal him to others. We can also accomplish the work of the church. Isaiah 61:1-2 reads, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…to comfort all who mourn…” When you serve in ways like this in Jesus’ name, you give flesh to the spiritual promises that you have benefitted from and share them with the world!
Let us pray.
Lord God, today help me to be your hand and feet – show me where I need to go and reveal to me who I am to help in your name sake. Amen