Alive: 47 Days of Lent, Day 35

Alive: God the includer

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27 NIV

A Muslim once said to me, “If Christians would stick to the Bible, we would live in a far better world.” His comments were telling. It’s an example of how our society today is looking for authentic Christianity. People are looking for those who not only carry the name, but whose lives reflect the life of Jesus.

We need to remember that we’ve been called to speak the gospel, live the gospel and show the gospel. To be faithful in consistent service to the orphan, weak, poor and vulnerable. The gospel is holistic – and it’s not about us. It’s about Jesus, and doing exactly what he would do. And he came to serve.

The creator of the universe came to seek relationship with us. He wants to include us in His work. It humbles me to think that the God of the universe is willing to include me in His plans, and that I can serve Him as I reach out to the marginalized in our society. Will you?

Father in heaven, 

I pray that in you we would find a good shepherd that leads us to still waters. And that we would discover the God of relationship and intimacy; the one who loves us with an everlasting love regardless of our condition. Amen.

Author: Rev. Les Isaac, OBE, CEO of Ascension Trust

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