Word to the church of Jesus:
We share a deep sadness for the death of George Floyd. We share a deep concern for the wrong doing of the four cops that killed him and the same goes to the other cops that killed other innocent African Americans in the past.
But I also have other concerns. Injustice has been going on for many centuries. We have read about them in our history books and even in the bible. The truth is, God hates injustice. God hates murder and unjust treatment of any human being. God’s heart is to give life and life in abundance for all mankind. God’s heart is for love and unity. But are we really going to experience all of that here on earth? Will there be complete peace and justice? Is it good to still hope for peace, love and justice for all?
Today, I heard that to walk in peace, to love our enemies and seek justice starts from within. As followers of Jesus we have been given a new spirit and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us. This is what compels us to walk in peace, love our enemies and to seek justice. I believe we can inspire others to want the same things.
We Christians are not only followers of Jesus but we are also sons and daughters of the Most High. That is who we are. We are not to forget our identity. We are not to stray from our identity. As we speak out there and make our voices be heard, let us not forget who we are and what we are compelled to do and that is to walk in peace, to love our enemies and to demand justice.
If we don’t, then why do we call ourselves followers of Jesus? Why do we tolerate hate, lawlessness, murder, injustice and godlessness? If we cry out for justice for the murder of George Floyd then let’s cry out for all the murder and injustice of our Christian brothers and sisters, let’s cry out for the victims of sex trafficking and let’s cry out for the murder of innocent babies. The nation has turned upside down for the murder of George Floyd and I am with you on that. But I am also outraged by other injustice while the majority is silent.
Jesus prophesied that the hearts of many will grow cold. I have witnessed this more and more especially in the recent days. Jesus warned us of what will happen before his second coming when He takes His bride, the church. But looking at the world today, many are not ready. Many are not prepared. In fact, many very are distracted.
Jesus said in Matthew 25 that whatever we do for the least of these we do it as unto Him. Caring for the poor, the homeless, the people in prison and the oppressed are dear to our Lord.
We are not to give up love and to walk in peace. The world is watching but most of all, God is watching. In the last days, God will separate the wheat from the tare. He will separate the goat and the sheep. Where will you be? Where will your friends and family be?
Check out the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:44-46 in MSG translation, “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’ He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me - you failed to do it to me’. Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.”
Brothers and sisters, we are not to give up doing good in the last days. When I said that peace, love and justice starts from within then let’s continue to walk in these. Let’s not stray away from who we are and what we are about. We are in the world but we are different from the world. In John 17, Jesus prayed to His Father for the believers, “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth, teach them your word which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world”.
Even though turmoil will continue but we, the sons and daughters of God still have work to do. The world is watching. If we want them to see God through us then let us magnify the God in us. This is the work that Jesus is sending us to do. To love people and to teach them to love God. Many will reject our message but we know that it is not us that they are rejecting but God. Let us continue to magnify and represent Jesus in this world. Time is running out. We cannot be distracted. Let’s stay focused and keep fighting the good fight of faith. Our faith is what keeps us together. Our faith is what keeps us going. Our faith is what helps us persevere and finish well in this world.
Remember who you are and what we are about when you go out there.
- Aubrey Lyle