These days everyone wants to know “who you are” in an effort to figure out “where you stand” on the insane amount of issues going on in the world right now. The world, and even some Christians, will judge “where I stand” based on what they see and think they know about me as a person from what they see. For example, at first glance I am black/African-American, and because of that – not all people – but some will assume I think and feel a certain way about various issues. Another example – I am a female. Once again, there are those who would believe I think and feel a certain way about other issues related to women in today’s world. To make matters more interesting, I am married to a white guy and 3 of our 5 children are immigrants to this country through adoption. So if you are on the outside looking in and trying to figure us out…it may look a little complicated. 🙂 Everyone in the world seems to be looking at each other and trying to figure out – “Where do they stand?” I suppose it’s a valid question. Where do we stand? So for those waiting for my answer to that question – here you are…
“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
How I love the Word of God!! THAT is where I stand! I’m not one to sit and watch the news much lately. Mainly because I believe that there are more important things in this sweet life God has granted me than immersing myself in gloom, doom and despair… but I am a person who spends much time in prayer and that is where I have most of my conversations about everything going on in this crazy world — with the only one who has the answer! There are so many people, including Christians, who are frustrated, angry and depressed over what they see going on around them. I understand the seriousness of the times we live in, but as a Believer I also know the greatness of the God I serve and cannot lose sight of Him in the midst of the storms in this life.
What can we do during times like this? One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Romans 12. I could teach all year on that chapter! Those 21 verses contain so much about what our lives are to look like as Believers, and I love the way it ends…“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Yes, there is a lot of evil going on around us, but we are commanded to overcome the evil with good! He wouldn’t have told us to do it if it wasn’t something He was going to empower us to do!
Acts 10:38 tells us that “Jesus went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him“….sounds like a great plan to me! People need healing not just on the outside, but on the inside. Hearts are hurting and we have the answer….Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever! The One who never leaves us or forsakes us. We are able to keep doing good and bring healing to the world around us because of Emmanuel…God is still with us!
Time is short and there’s much to be done in the Kingdom. The harvest is still plentiful and the laborers still few. Our hearts should be set on a harvest such as the world has never seen – every nation, kindred, tongue and people are crying out for the Gospel…the one where we show them we are His disciples through our love. The Gospel of peace. The Gospel that through faith makes us partakers of everything our wonderful Father is and has. The Gospel that is STILL good news not matter what is running on the TV news stations!
Where do I stand? I stand in faith…I stand in hope…I stand in love. It’s time to show off our Father… be extra kind, love everyone we meet and hold onto the hope of the glorious Gospel! Our BEST days are ahead!!
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5