You are called to be your brothers’ and sisters’ keeper
Dr. Deborah’s Thoughts
In the book of Micah, the question was asked, WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE?
The answer was outlined in Micah 6:8: To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. When I reflect on God’s mercy, compassion, grace, justice, and righteousness in my life it would look like we were all linked together like when we hold a rope in a circle and no one let’s go.
When one hurts, we all hurt
When one falls, we all fall
When one is encouraged, we can all be encouraged
When one wins, we would all win because we are the Body of Christ.
There would be no “Big I” and “small you” in the Kingdom. One part is not more important than the other. The hand and feet aren’t more important than the ears and the mouth. No man or woman is an island so together we would make difference. Together we would change the world. Together we would experience the image of God every day of our lives. There would be less reacting and more responding, less condemning and more connecting, less fear and more forgiveness, less comparing and more compassion, less presents and more presence, less time on Facebook and more time face time in God’s book. There would be less chaos and more Christ.
Christianity is not an external modification program. It is an internal transformative program. This is a heart thing. And we have to begin to care about the things God cares about. God left us here to advance the Kingdom of God.
We must remember our purpose by going to Matthew 28:19-20 which is not called the Great Suggestion it is the Great Commission. Jesus came and told his disciples:
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age”
Our Job Descriptions as Purposeful parents are two of the Greatest Commandments: Love God with all of your heart, mind and soul and to Love People. The children at my school play Show and Tell. Christians sometimes remind me of that game. We act like Christians but if we had the heart of Jesus, we would not have to act like a Christian we could actually be a Christian. If we had the heart of Jesus, we would rise up and be our brothers and sisters’ keeper. We would not have to “tell” anyone that we are a Christian, we would “show” the love of Christ, the patience of Christ, the mercy of Christ, the care, the grace, the justice and the character of Christ. As we go through this month of November, let us not only parent on purpose let us also ask God to help us Live a life of PURPOSE by helping others.
Dr. Deborah L. Tillman