Hebrews 12:1-2

"..let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." - Hebrews 12:1-2

Monday, June 15, 2009

Faithfully Moving Mountains - The Hole In Our Gospel

"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (Matthew 17:20). I used to read that verse and think that it was just an exaggeration that Jesus was making in order to make a point about the power of faith. We can't literally move mountains... can we? But then I saw it in a different way. What of Jesus meant for millions of His followers to each put their faith into action by grabbing a shovel - and challenging the mountain one shoverful at a time? Any mountain can be moved - even the one called Poverty, or Hunger, or Injustice - if we have enough people shoveling.
And...
This was God's plan to change the world - He chose His followers to be the change - He chose you, and He chose me. We are the ones who will bring the good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, andstand up for justice in a fallend world. We are the revolution. We are God's Plan A... and He doesn't have a Plan B.
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It starts with you. In the end, God simply calls you to be faithful to the things He has given you to do. He doesn't require you to be a superstar, just faitgful and obedient, by praying , loving, serving, giving, forgiving, healing, and caring - doing small things with great love.
The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, pages 275 & 277.

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