The view from 32,000 feet is absolutely spectacular–especially at night over a city.
Recently, on a crystal clear night, I flew over a large city, gazing at the lights, many representing homes with people living in them, homes occupied by souls. During this same flight, as I was reading about God looking for a place to make His home, I was saddened to think of how many reject God in our country and in our world. My heart breaks for so many attempting to experience life on their own terms which are so much more difficult than the terms Jesus brings–less fulfilling, less meaningful, and less fun.
I must admit that I am a bit angry—angry that the one who opposes God has deceived so many. Satan has duped so many into thinking that their way is better than God’s way. That is simply not true. If this were true, places like Hollywood and Vegas would be the happiest, most fulfilled places on earth. They are not.
As I glide over so many souls tonight, I pray that the Jesus of the Bible—the One who brings the unmatchable Good News—the One whose burden is light, would be revealed to them by the work of God’s Spirit. I pray that someone within whom Christ is already living would become their friend and would allow His love to flow through them.
As I get ready to land, I am reminded that this is my call as well—to allow the unconditional love of Jesus to live in and flow through me—to love those with whom I share community, both the believer and the unbeliever. I pray that it may be so.
I also pray for you. I pray that you, as a believer would find community with other believers. Attending a church service can be uplifting, but it is not real community. You cannot fellowship with the back of someone’s head, sitting in rows facing the same direction. I pray for much more than that for you. I pray that you would immerse yourself into deep friendships with other believers, being there for them and allowing them to be there for you.
If you are not yet a believer, I pray that you will see those who are believers loving each other in such a way that you would find yourself saying, “I want those kinds of relationships.” If you have not yet had that experience with others who claim to follow Jesus, please allow me to apologize for them. That is not an accurate representation of the community Jesus builds. I pray for you that you will keep looking to find that kind of community. It does exist.
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How are you currently experiencing community? Are there people in your life with whom you share life in a meaningful way? If so, what does that look like for you? If not, do you want to?
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