Are you genuine?…

 

Matthew 9:35-38 

Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. 36 When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. 37 “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! 38 On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”

Jesus saw a harvest.  Where is today’s harvest?  With so much animosity directed at the Christian faith, religion in general, and the current mindset of everyone being a law unto themselves – it is hard to see the harvest.  With the denial of power, denial of a divine being, denial of a Creator – how do you harvest?  The people of today are much like the ones Jesus saw as being like sheep, harassed and helpless.  But it is hard to see a hunger in them for a relationship with one greater, their Creator when so much effort and energy is spent on rejecting everything to do with authority or divine intervention.  There is little to no personal responsibility, so how can there be a hunger for something to be committed to or accountable to?

I see darkness, I see emptiness, I see despair, I see rejection, I see self-glorification, self-love, self importance…I do not see spiritual hunger.  I see spiritual rejection.  See, hear, sense…

Rather I see a hunger for a more genuine knowledge of God’s Word, and a deeper personal relationship among His people.  It may be the hunger, a spiritual hunger will begin here–and spread outward.  If God’s people can begin to show evidence of His power in their lives, perhaps that will draw those outside the kingdom.  They will see something genuine, life transformations. Jesus said “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to me.”  He did not say a new creed, rewrite history, a new religion, a new ritual, a new way of doing things…simply, “If I be lifted up, I-Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, one who desires a genuine love relationship with His creation.  If I be lifted up…

The Christian faith takes hits because it looks like another religion.  Set a creed, state a belief system, list a code of conduct, plan times to meet, state requirements and expectations.. Nothing different here.  But see lives changed, people treat all people as they want to be treated, reach out to the poor, speak healing to the sick…show evidence daily of a different way to live.  That is power, that will create hunger in those who feel empty, despair.  What does our life look like?  Is it filled with joy? Love? Confidence? Peace?  Or do we spend time complaining, depressed, wishing and not getting, focused on physical things rather than spiritual, short-tempered, angry, speaking hatefully to those around us who inconvenience us?  Do we shine the light of genuineness, a real relationship with our Creator? Are we different?

If I, Jesus, be lifted up…there are those who will turn, be drawn.  My Word will not return empty, it will accomplish what it set to do!

3 thoughts on “Are you genuine?…

  1. Really good posting, Gracie.

    “What does our life look like? Is it filled with joy? Love? Confidence? Peace? Or do we spend time complaining, depressed, wishing and not getting, focused on physical things rather than spiritual, short-tempered, angry, speaking hatefully to those around us who inconvenience us? Do we shine the light of genuineness, a real relationship with our Creator? Are we different?”

    You mention on specific — “speaking hatefully….” We need more specifics like this, for I have noticed when we begin to name them, rationalization for our conduct begins to enter the picture, rather than conviction. We can all agree these are wonderful concepts, but don’t get specific about things that I am personally living. I can rationalize them all away.

    Also, I would add fear into the mix of what we embrace, again rationalizing our particular ones.

    “If I be lifted up…..”

  2. I too would add fear. But your comment on rationalizing confuses me. Are you saying not to be specific or you will rationalize it away? I think we need to name it, especially if it surfaces because we are under conviction( good Christianese for feeling guilty). Name it and change. Change begins with apology, receiving God’s forgiveness and determining to change.

  3. No. I’m suggesting you add more specifics. That was the only one I recognized. Generalities can be rationalized; specifics convict. Conviction must come before change will be made.

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